Independence Day: November 3, 2018


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I was planning on going out to check out the Independence Day celebrations, but found myself messing around with my computer instead. Noting the time, I decided that as soon as I got hungry for lunch I would go out looking for street food. It wasn’t quite lunch time when I heard music, and realized there was a parade on the street outside. A friend had made a crack about my sitting in my window to record the Police and Firefighter parade, so I rushed down to the street to record the action from street level. I was in such a hurry that I broke a fingernail down to the quick.

The first video below shows dancers going past the front of my building.

In the second video below, I caught a passenger car that got tapped in the parade.

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I really enjoyed the floats
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The same float from a different angle.
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They looked as if they were really in love.

In the video below, I had to wonder just how many miles these dancers had been dancing.

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It wouldn’t be a parade without a beauty queen!
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Some folks just walked the parade route
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Others danced
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Some folks looked important
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Some folks seemed to be representing their church
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Some folks walked with flowers.
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I found an empty parking place to stand to get good angles on my photos
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And indigenous woman pretending to roast cuy over a fire.
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The fire was fake, but the roast cuy looked real. That is a whole roast pig in the background.
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The cuy float heads down the street away from me
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Women and girls dressed in traditional dress. One day in the park as women walked past where I sat reading, I noticed that the underside of these skirts was quite ornamental. In one of the videos above, the women are swishing their skirts, and you can see the bright petticoats. 
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Important looking man and a beauty queen.
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It cracked me up, that a cute cuy costume followed the float with the roasted cuy

The little girls in the video below are too cute for words.

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The reason that I get to see so many parades, is that the parades finish up at the church down the street from my condo.

When the parade was over, I went up to my place, trimmed my torn fingernail and went out to see what else was going on in the city for Independence day. I was only able to catch a few moments of the band playing in front of the church as I went by on my way down to the river. I only got to hear a few moments of the band that was playing in front of the church.

I walked around the park next to the church, noticing things I had never noticed before.

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This old building has been turned into a hotel or hostel.
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I had never noticed the statue in the park next to the white church down the street from my condo. Of course, I am usually down there at night, and only have eyes for the fountain.
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You can just barely seen the pigeon on his head.

After enjoying the park for a little while I headed to the Cathedral to see what was going on. I decided to take a slightly different route there, planning on coming back by another route, so that I could see as much as possible.

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It looks like some of the dancers from the parade have come to this plaza, overlooking the river,  to rest.
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Something you almost never see in Cuenca; drunks asleep on the street. I saw a few, but now that the holidays are over they are gone.
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One my way to the Parque Calderon, I saw this young man pulling taffy.

The video below is the flower market, starting and ending at the door of a church, right across the street from the Cathedral.

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In the center of the flower market
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I wondered what this young man was selling.
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Yeack …
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I asked this handsome police officer if I could take his photo. He thought that I wanted him to take my photo. He was a little embarrassed when I told him, that I thought him so handsome, I wanted to take his photo, but he let me.
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Tributes to a hero.
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Selfie time!
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Once I was finished wandering around the park, I headed down to the river, and started looking for something fun to eat.

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The white tents had expanded to fill in the river walk much further down than the day before.
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So much for the bicycle lane.
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Score! Plantain chips. I was very near to home when I bought them, so I brought them back and opened up a cold one.
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