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Story Publication logo May 10, 2019

Preparing for Carnaval in Coyolillo


A young girl rides her bike through Coyolillo, a small town in Veracruz with a high population of Afro-Mexicans. Image by Jonathan Custodio. Mexico, 2018.

Veracruz is home to hundreds of thousands of Afro-Mexicans. In 2015, they were officially recognized...


Though it is most prominent in Brazil, the annual Carnaval festival has dug its roots into grounds worldwide and Mexico is no different. Located in the center of the coastal state of Veracruz, a 30-minute drive from its capital, Coyolillo is one of the few towns that takes pride in the country's African roots and presence, identifying itself as an Afromestizo, or "Afromixed," town.