Actually, there were LOTS of parades! This was the official Friday parade that involved every student of every school.
The radio show led the parade which passed in front of our school.
Every student and every school marched. There were many school banners.
Flags were all over ... in the parade, hung on buildings, in car windows.
Two carry and one plays. All the students seem to play an instrument. I am guessing that they trade off roles every so often.
Teachers, students, former students, everyone who is able is proud to be a part of the parade.
Everyone envies the tuba player!!!!
No one is too young to participate. Even the littlest boy hit the beat. Iḿ thinking every child must be deaf.
Everyone dresses up in their good clothes or in clothes that symbolize the people.
Children carry symbols. Students have been making displays such as this one for weeks.
The students were well behaved and organized. The parade went on for at least 2 hours.
Lots and lots of Queens for a Day escorted by hand- some young men.
The first Guatemalan Olympic medal winner and hero had a special place in the parade! I think that the two Sisters below are real and are associated with the schools.
Vendors hope to make a sale! Balloons! Cotton Candy! Penny candy! It did not rain from Thursday through Monday. What a blessing since all activities are outdoors.
This school likely had the most outstand- ing and colorful displays.
Guatemala became independent from Spain in 1821. After it became an independent country in its own right, it was ruled by a series of dictators, assisted by the United Fruit Company. The late 20th century saw Guatemala embroiled in a 36-year-long civil war. Following the war, Guatemala has witnessed both economic growth and successful democratic elections. In the most recent election, held in 2011, Otto Perez Molina of the Patriotic Party won the presidency. Really, the celebration is very much like our own.
This was the only student who gave his teacher a difficult time. Junior high boys are all the same!
My all time favorite picture of the day. These dogs were standing next to me watching the action!