Thursday, December 4, 2008
Today is Thursday, December 4, 2008. Early this morning, just before 8am I heard the sound of drums from a marching band. I grabbed the camera and ran outside. It is, as posted previously, Virgin of Guadalupe season. San Sebastian church two blocks up the street reveres the Virgin as its patron saint. The parades are not extremely colorful, but they pass in front of my door, which makes them very exciting to me. They consist of all the students of at least one school and a lot of posters of the Virgin.
The funniest thing was the lady in the car with the giant loud speakers who announced that the primary and secondary kids were going to sing a song on her count.
“Uno, dos, tres…” and nothing. NADA. She saw that I noticed they did not pay her any attention and she smiled at me as I threw my arms up in the air. They were walking and she was behind them in a car. What would she do if they didn’t sing? She tried again. “Los alumnus de la primaria y de la secondaria ahora van a cantar (some song she named)..UNO! DOS! TRES! Nada.
I don’t know how far they walk, but I am guessing they head to one of their sister churches. I don’t know how often the parades will take place, but if one has some more unique characteristics, I will post it. Most of the processions will be like this one. Therefore, this is your Christmas parade from 75th Street. Feliz Navidad.