Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dia de la Revolucion

We are staying an extra night in La Paz (seems to be a habit of ours). I am happy that I can post my parade photos while they are still fresh and relevant. It's so much easier to write about something that just happened and difficult to write about one location after we have moved on to another.

Mexico's Revolution Day celebrates the 1910 revolution against dictator Porfirio Diaz. It lasted for 10 years and is the revolution in which Pancho Villa played a critical role.

There are a lot of holidays and festivals in Mexico and we attend whenever we can. The Mexican people are so incredibly warm, welcoming, and gracious. I try not to get in the way. It is their holiday, after all, but people were so friendly when I took their pictures, laughing and posing for me. Bystanders would not only move out of my way but make sure that no one else interfered with my photo taking. They are all so proud of their heritage and enthusiastic about sharing the event with strangers.

After the police on motorcycles with lights flashing, there were several marching groups from schools for special education bearing banners encouraging diversity and respect.

Then came dance teams and marching groups from schools throughout the city. There were so many people (mostly children) in the parade that we wondered how there were any left to be spectators.

Baseball teams, basketball, volleyball, soccer of course, running groups and karate schools were all represented. There was even a children's boxing school that staged demonstrations along the parade route.

  Folkloric dancers entertained.
Soldiers demonstrated their skills.
 Perfect ending to a perfect parade.

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