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Drunkard in the streets

I loved this photo of a effigy, ano viejo (old year)!

In Quito, during the New year, the Quitenos make effigies of people, often poking fun of a particular person or character.  This is to symbolise burning away the old year for allow the new to come, which they will burn at midnight.

This is particularly funny for me, because, while living in Quito, I often see many drunkard men around my neighbourhood, so drunk that they simply collasped on the the streets until the morning. Believe me, its quite a common sight around my barrio!