We went to another parade yesterday (Nov 10th) and I think it was even more fun than the other one we saw. This one had elaborate carts and many people in traditional Panamanian dress. I especially loved all the children who participated. This holiday celebrates the shout that happened in 1821 in Los Santos which was the beginning of the efforts to gain independence from Spain.
When we arrived, people were getting ready for the parade.
The girl for the Conway cart was a big hit.
There was also a devilish looking guy standing by for the Conway cart.
I’d never seen carts pulled by oxen before.
An Indian woman with a very interesting face is in the crowd.
Another cart with oxen is ready to go.
Something is happening! I think they are ready to start.
And, the parade starts moving down the street.
There were so many girls and women swirling their beautiful skirts, and boys and men in traditional dress as well!
There were quite a few carts also
Of course there were great kids everywhere.
And, there were great kids participating as well.
Another elaborate cart.
I’m not sure what this was about, but they were sure interesting and fun to watch.
Some of the carts tossed out candy. I got a couple pieces and gave them to this little boy watching with his grandfather. Afterward, the granddad told him to give me a kiss. How sweet!
More beautiful children.
The press photographers were at work also.
As always, the police were present.
There is a better view of this interesting truck in the video.
This little girl was so adorable.
The ambulance and trash truck are at the end.
We also saw the cleanup crew get busy as the last parade participants passed.
I also put together a video of some of the scenes if you want to get a real feel for what it was like!