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AP PHOTOS: Masked devils dance in Ecuadorean mountain town

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/7/2017 By GONZALO SOLANO, Associated Press
A devil dancer takes part in "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Thousands of singing and dancing devils take over a mountain town in Ecuador for six days of revelry in the streets. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) © The Associated Press A devil dancer takes part in "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Thousands of singing and dancing devils take over a mountain town in Ecuador for six days of revelry in the streets. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Thousands of singing and dancing devils took taken over a mountain town in Ecuador for six days of revelry in the streets.

Revelers dressed as dancing characters known as Devils, Guarichas and Parejas de Linea take to the streets of Pillaro during "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. During six days hundreds dance to celebrate the beginning of the new year. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) © The Associated Press Revelers dressed as dancing characters known as Devils, Guarichas and Parejas de Linea take to the streets of Pillaro during "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. During six days hundreds dance to celebrate the beginning of the new year. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

The procession of dancers in elaborate devil masks is the centerpiece of an annual festival in the town of Pillaro in the Ecuadorean Andes.

Musicians rehearsal at a house before they join "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Thousands of singing and dancing devils take over the mountain town in Ecuador for six days of revelry in the streets. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) © The Associated Press Musicians rehearsal at a house before they join "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Thousands of singing and dancing devils take over the mountain town in Ecuador for six days of revelry in the streets. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

This year, about 3,000 devils took over the center of the town from Jan. 1-6, dancing without pause for at least five hours a day.

Women prepare their clothes to participate in "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. This year, about 3,000 devils took over the center of the town from Jan. 1-6, dancing without pause for at least five hours a day. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) © The Associated Press Women prepare their clothes to participate in "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. This year, about 3,000 devils took over the center of the town from Jan. 1-6, dancing without pause for at least five hours a day. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

The devils wear huge masks, red suits, black cloaks, and elaborate wigs. Some dancers dress as street sweepers while some men wear women's clothes. Local legend holds that anyone who adopts a costume for the celebration and wears it at the event six years in a row will have good luck.

Young devil dancers prepare to attend "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. The procession of dancers in elaborate devil masks is the centerpiece of an annual festival in the town set in the Ecuadorean Andes. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) © The Associated Press Young devil dancers prepare to attend "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. The procession of dancers in elaborate devil masks is the centerpiece of an annual festival in the town set in the Ecuadorean Andes. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Local men began disguising themselves as devils back in the 17th century in hopes of driving away their rivals. The Ecuadorean cultural ministry in 2009 declared the festival to be cultural patrimony.

A woman gets dressed up as she prepares to participate in "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Devil dancers wear huge masks, red suits, black cloaks, and elaborate wigs. Some dancers dress as street sweepers while some men wear women's clothes.(AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) © The Associated Press A woman gets dressed up as she prepares to participate in "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Devil dancers wear huge masks, red suits, black cloaks, and elaborate wigs. Some dancers dress as street sweepers while some men wear women's clothes.(AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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A woman dressed for "La Diablada" festival, sees her reflection on a mirror, in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Local legend holds that anyone who adopts a costume for the celebration and wears it at the event six years in a row will have good luck. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) © The Associated Press A woman dressed for "La Diablada" festival, sees her reflection on a mirror, in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Local legend holds that anyone who adopts a costume for the celebration and wears it at the event six years in a row will have good luck. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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A woman dressed for la "La Diablada" festival, walks down a road in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Local legend holds that anyone who adopts a costume for the celebration and wears it at the event six years in a row will have good luck. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) © The Associated Press A woman dressed for la "La Diablada" festival, walks down a road in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Local legend holds that anyone who adopts a costume for the celebration and wears it at the event six years in a row will have good luck. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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A man dressed in character heads the parade of devils on their way to Pillaro to be part of "La Diablada" festival, in Pillaro Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. The devils wear huge masks, red suits, black cloaks, and elaborate wigs. Some dancers dress as street sweepers while some men wear women's clothes. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) © The Associated Press A man dressed in character heads the parade of devils on their way to Pillaro to be part of "La Diablada" festival, in Pillaro Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. The devils wear huge masks, red suits, black cloaks, and elaborate wigs. Some dancers dress as street sweepers while some men wear women's clothes. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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A woman refuses to dance with a devil during "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Thousands of singing and dancing devils take over the mountain town in Ecuador for six days of revelry in the streets. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) © The Associated Press A woman refuses to dance with a devil during "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Thousands of singing and dancing devils take over the mountain town in Ecuador for six days of revelry in the streets. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) A band plays during "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. A procession of dancers in elaborate devil masks is the centerpiece of an annual festival (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) © The Associated Press A band plays during "La Diablada" festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. A procession of dancers in elaborate devil masks is the centerpiece of an annual festival (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
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