On the morning of September 16, Dia de la Independencia, my friends and I went back to the Plaza in Sahuayo to see the children’s parade. We all expected a short, cute little parade, but it was HUGE and quite elaborate!
At one point I told my friend Pam that there couldn’t possibly be more children to participate in this parade, that they had to be recycling them. You know, just sending them back to the beginning of the line and putting them in different clothes.
But, looking back on it, I don’t really think so. Every elementary school in Sahuayo took part and each school seemed to include as many kids as they could. And each and every one of the kids seemed to be so proud of their school and their part in the parade.
But for this post, I’m going to share with you some pictures of my very favorite group therein. Imagine with me now the sound of “La Cucaracha” being played full blast, while these kids came around the corner where Pam and I were sitting.
First of all, it’s nice to recognize a song and then it’s even more fun to see the interpretation thereof by the kids and their teachers. So here’s the first group of them that came around the corner:
Personally, I’m fascinated by the girl with the blond doll. Spaniards may have blond hair and blue eyes, but it’s still something a bit unusual to see in Michoacan.
And it was “interesting” to see the young fellow with the “blood” tipped knife.
Following them came the “representational” marchers. Perhaps the hacienda owners and their spouses:
Only to be followed by the dancers! And dancers they were. All of them. They twirled; they whirled.
And, most excitingly, they drank tequila!!
Okay, okay, they didn’t REALLY drink tequila, but it was very cool to see them swirling and twirling and pantomiming it while “La Cucaracha” played away.
But lest you think it was all about the alcohol and the lively music, I’d like to show you some other participants in the parade. And I will….in my next post!