From the Gulf of California to the Strait of Magellan, 125 million Latin Americans braced themselves hopefully this week for the gayest, gaudiest carnaval in years.

Only in Panama would joy be confined. There, an outbreak of 130 polio cases led President Arnulfo Arias to call off all public assemblies. But in Trinidad, the calypso tents have been billowing for weeks to the chants of contenders for the title of 1951 calypso king. In Haiti, more than 30,000 people, clad in bamboo suits of armor and other bizarre costumes, loped along mountain trails on their way...

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