when I was a child my mother would sometimes take me to junkanoo - the traditional xmas carnival of the bahamas - people known as "rushers" dance from midnight until eight the next morning, some wearing elaborate costumes weighing 80 lbs or more.
, valley boys
, music makers
, and others
the different groups spend the whole year making costumes for two nights - boxing day and new year's day.
after the parade is done, the rushers cast off the costumes and toss them in the gutter, where the garbagemen pick them up and take them to the dump.
I couldn't understand this at all when I was a kid. why go to all the trouble to make these costumes and then just throw them away?
it's kind of like life though. the value is in the process, not the resulting physical artifact...