The masks of the new Spain
The joy and love for celebrations together shows the conquerors and the conquered. The Masquerade Party was one of the most common amusements and consisted of a parade on foot or on horseback of people masked in showy costumes. These costumes represented different historical, mythological, or biblical characters or also embodied fictional characters. The show could be two ways: Using a mask in serious, solemn character or using the mask as mockery with ridiculous characters. The second way was the most popular, since it allowed to satirizar the authorities and to make fun of the least wanted officials among the people. The Feast of Masks had its point of democratic character to some extent since all social groups participated although they did separately. The noble knights dazzled everyone with their equestrian skills, the merchants taught their best products and gave important financing to the spectacle, the Indians accompanied their masters in singular disguises, where the European style was mixed with theirs. Blacks and castes paraded at their own parties. The entertainment was not limited to secular celebrations, since this celebration took part in religious parties. In general, masquerade parties constituted a healthy social development and a healthy way of having fun in colonial life.