Separation Day Parade

Last Sunday, November 3rd was one of the many holidays at this time of year. This one celebrated Panama’s separation from Columbia, and there was a big parade in town. I’ve been hearing all the drumming and practicing for weeks, so Sunday I was very interested to see the results. There were many many schools and bands participating, and the majority of the parade consisted of beautiful young women dressed in their finest and very enthusiastic young men with drums. Of course I have tons of photos, so I’ll post them in groups in slide shows so you can flip through them as you wish.

Bands, School, and Groups

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Panamanian costumes and traditional dress

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Lovely Young Women

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I had a good time watching the many beautiful little children

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Vendors – it seems that anywhere people gather, there will be people offering food, drinks, toys, and anything else people may want to buy.

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Other photos of security people, parade set up and finish, etc.

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I also have a three minute video – clips of some of the bands and groups that participated. 

The next day, November 4th (flag day) was celebrated with an even bigger parade which included many government officials and community leaders. We could hear it from our house going on well into the afternoon. We didn’t go to that one, but we will be going to another parade next weekend for the Uprising at Los Santos, and then another on November 28th to celebrate Panama’s independence from Spain. Then there is Mother’s Day on December 8th, Christmas, New Years… This is definitely the season for celebrations and parties in Panama!

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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6 Responses to Separation Day Parade

  1. Roger says:

    Kris

    That’s what I like of my Panama. People are happy and celebrate cheerfully all the festivities, parties and celebrations. You know that people in Panama work hard everyday to make a living but they will enjoy a time with family and good friends celebrating and partying. Life is so hard and short and they will try to spend good times the best they can.

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  2. Reblogged this on Let The Adventure Begin! and commented:
    I’ve been meaning to write a post about the recent holidy but my friend Kris just published one with so many great photos, I thought you’d enjoy it! Thanks Kris!!!

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  3. oldsalt1942 says:

    This is “nothing gets done in November” month to be followed by “we’re recovering from last month, so try again, later. month.” But like everything else about being an expat, you just roll with the flow and enjoy what life has to offer.

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    • And, do we really care if nothing gets done? When we don’t have to work and can spend most of our time enjoying ourselves, a month or two full of holidays is a very good thing 😀

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