And the above photo is not them - that is a great murga group. Last night I went to my first show featuring murga, humorista, and parodista groups. Carnival here is comprised of a few styles - each group competing for first place every year.
Some of the groups: Murga (singers), Humoristas (singers,dancers,jokesters), Parodistas (singers, dancers, based on parodies), Lubolos (Candombe players), Revistas (I haven't seen them yet), etc.
Back to the Backstreet Boys. The parodista groups are apparently known for having the best looking men/boys - chicks dig them here of course. I knew this before their act started, so I was expecting to see some dudes that lit up the stage. And I did see this on the stage, but in a flaming way. These boys/men were extremely feminine. I'm referring to the level you see with Madonna's male dancers surrounding her in videos...but without the professional moves or the dark skin. I was so surprised that I had my mouth open the whole act and forgot to take pictures. That last sentence is a bit too vague, but you know what I mean.
It was a night to learn a few of the styles of Montevideo's Carnival. It was a night of questioning the Uruguayan girls' tastes in men. And it was a night when I understood perhaps 10% of what the groups were singing or making jokes about - whether due to my Spanish or the fact that I am not caught up on politics, all of the traditions in Uruguay, or all of the slang sayings.