Monday, February 20, 2012
Desfile de Bachata (the Sunday parade)
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!