Rat-a-tat-tat, blam, blam, bang, tootle-toot, and bang again!
|High School Band in Día de la Revolución parade|
A dozen or so high school students have been practicing with drums and bugles, every day in the basketball court across the street from our house, practicing for the Día de la Revolución parade last Sunday. This group is much improved over last year’s group but, oh my, listening to the discordant clatter and crash for two hours every day increased our need for aspirin, or Tylenol, or whiskey, or anything to obliterate the headache. They’re a good bunch of kids, just lacking musical skills at the moment. (But, who am I to complain? I have been tossed out of community choirs and school bands several times for having absolutely no ear for music.)
|Apparently this is a very serious event for these ladies!|
The Day of the Revolution (Día de la Revolución) is celebrated annually in Mexico on November 20th. It is the anniversary of the 1910 start of the popular movement leading to the overthrow of dictator José de la Cruz Porfirio Díaz Mori after 34 years of military rule. The revolution ushered in a decade of civil war which ultimately led to the creation of the Mexico’s constitution in 1917.
To be honest, we still get the Independence Day September 16th 1810, and Day of the Revolution November 20th 1910 confused. They are both very important holidays in Mexico – we just have trouble keeping them straight.
|Take my picture, take my picture!!!!|
On Sunday the parade was scheduled to start at eight in the morning instead of the usual nine o’clock, due to the large number of groups that expressed interest in participating. The Parade Marshall was expecting several of the dance troupes from the 6th Annual Caribbean Festival to join the parade. In true island-style, I meandered over to the designated reviewing stand around eight twenty in the morning, thinking I had at least an hour or more to wait until the parade appeared. Much to my surprise the first groups were just arriving at the reviewing stand! The parade had apparently started on time. Amazing!
While I was in the process of shooting a bazillion photos of the various marching contingents with my new camera, I bumped into Janet Davison. (Both Dave Davison, and Lawrie were at home, preferring to indulge in another cup of coffee, rather than watching the parade.) Janet and I walked up and down the route clicking lots of photos, but never did see any of the dance troupes – so I assume that they cancelled at the last minute.
|Another part of the high school group|
I did however see lots of island friends, and their various off-spring. I tried to take photos of any of the kids that I recognized. Some of the kids were camera-shy, other hammed it up as soon as they saw me pointing a camera at them.
And the high school band who were driving us nuts all week with their practice sessions, well they looked and sounded pretty darn good.
· Caribe on Canvas:
Thursday night Brad and Tiffany of Barlito’s on Hidalgo Avenue hosted a showcase for “Caribe on Canvas.” The art work is created by Mark C., from his photos which he tweaks with a computer to resemble paintings, and then prints on canvas. The effect is very attractive.
|Caribe on Canvas, the creator Mark C.|