We weren't sure what time the parade would start. Some said 9am, so we aimed to meet friends at 8:30am. Our taxi driver thought it started at 10am... Parade actually began about 9:30am (close enough!) We were ready with hats, umbrellas, binoculars, cameras, sunscreen and coffee. Weather was glorious and sunny and almost too hot.
(This picture of the flags above was taken at the Square, the day before.)
Apparently, this year's parade was smaller than years past. We learned that representatives from the Navy and Air Force were sending regrets...they were scheduled to help celebrate a new bridge opening on the coast. (The President was headed for the coast later, too.)
So, this year's parade was smaller than previous ones, but we didn't mind. Next year the Navy and Air Force participants will be back and we're looking forward to it.
Parade pics and pics of friends...we didn't get good pics of everyone, but we're including the cute pictures we did get.
This picture is of the crowd gathering right before the parade began. You can see the sun umbrellas and some of the food vendors, too.
Army truck headed down the parade route. There was also other big military equipment in the procession.
Gil and Charlie.
Rich with Chuck and Nancy.
More visiting and chatting led to lunch. The guys went over to the Ital-Deli next door for sandwich fixings. Then, to the bakery around the corner for fresh sandwich rolls. The guys were teasing Chuck, thinking he was buying 'too many' rolls...Funny thing, there were only 2 leftover rolls, so he planned it just right. Besides, as Rich and Bob would say: Too much is just enough.
Here are the guys leaving the bakery with the loot.
Rich, Gil and Chuck again, lookig very handsome in their hats.
Deborah and Chuck. (Chuck is wearing his Team Cuenca shirt...red!)
Gil and Chuck again, grateful for the shade, too.
The lovely Mz Nancy.
Gil, Chuck and Deborah...we sure needed those hats!
We love all the purple trees in bloom!
You can see (barely) the review stand with the flags in front of the hospital, on the right.
We ended the day with viewing more fireworks from the porch and we sang along with the favorite tunes of our neighborhood...including, of course, Chola Cuencana! Over and over again!
A fun ending to a lovely day.
PS -- We tried to get some video to share of the parade, but the camera didn't cooperate well (human error!) So, we'll be practicing and learning more for the next time. You can see some wonderful, professional-grade photos on other blogs. Wow!! We got some talented photographers here in Cuenca!