I was really noticing the blurry lines between costume and outfit at the festival. There were definitely people who were marking themselves as part of a particular band, comparsa, or float group, people who were trying to make a statement about the particular kind of anarchist or revolutionary or other political presence they were/had, and people who were dressing to parody or caricature a concept or cultural figure. Then there were also people who seemed to be dressed as themselves, who didn’t seem to be “putting on an act” for the parade. The striking thing, though, was that there wasn’t always a clear, definable difference. I’m interested in that sense of self that some people seem to be communicating– that ineffable something that tells me that I’m not just looking at a costume or an assemblage of clothes; I’m looking at someone’s style.