Monday, February 20, 2012
We took a day off from Carnaval yesterday, but wandered out again today for the Bachata Parade, a mid-day parade. (I'm not sure what "Bachata" means...does anyone know?) We watched the parade on Calle 60 near the Parque de la Madre and the Jesuit Church, in roughly the same spot we had for the night parade on Friday. It was sunny and hot out, and there were plenty of umbrellas to create a little shade for people in the chairs and bleachers.
There were more great costumes and lots of energy from the paraders even though it was hot and we were near the end of the parade route. Everybody was all smiles....paraders, spectators, young, and old. This parade was longer than the others that we have seen, and even though we had seen some of the costumes in earlier parades as well, this one was a big success. Some photos from the parade are below. Enjoy!
Saturday, February 18, 2012
The parade started and it wasn't long before we were on our feet clapping, cheering, waving and dancing to the music.
It was a warm night with a cool breeze but dancing from the top of Montejo all the way down to the Main Square in those costumes must have been exhausting.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Today was the day of the Children's Parade. The parade begins at 4 p.m. near the Plaza Grande, and by 2:30 the streets were packed with families, tourists, and food and trinket vendors. The streets are lined up and down both sides with chairs, and there really isn't any place where you can just stand to watch. Given my non-existent Spanish, I watched the crowd long enough to figure out that you could buy tickets from the ladies in the orange shirts (30 pesos), and that if they were selling tickets in a particular spot then there were seats left there. I bought a ticket (on the left side of the picture below) and settled in!
The rest of the week's parades aren't likely to be able to match this one for its ability to make a person smile, but I'm looking forward to them all the same. Until then, some pictures from today's parade are below.