A History of Carnival Masks
The attached write-ups were part of an exhibit at NMSU in 2011

Julie's comments:  By creating elaborate masks and costumes, Carnival goers could hide behind their mask and assume that persona, thus freeing their spirits to be more active and outgoing during the festival which lasted 12 days.  Who wouldn't want to dress in beautifully frivolous dresses or trick like a jester or tease like a devil when no one knew who you were.