Every year in the old, colonial town of Leon, the town celebrates a special Nicaraguan folkloric tradition - there is a parade of dancing dolls and a dance competition in the town center. Artists make the giant dolls, known as gigantones. They are about 15 feet tall. Each gigantone has a name on her sash - Margareta, Victoria, Maribel. Someone hides under the long skirt of each doll and parades them through the streets. The bob, dance, and swing their arms and hair to the beat of drums. Other kids walk and dance with the parade. There are also brightly colored bull costumes with young boys hiding in them. Kids playfully push and bump the bulls.
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