Each year the day before Christmas Eve, the people of the city of Cuenca get their children, cars, and horses all dressed up to celebrate in a massive parade. It is loosely organized and has no central theme except to present the children in costumes that herald the Christmas season. No amount of words can replace the photos of these faces.
One of the many marching bands
Tired children on a movable manger scene
Almost all of the children in the parade were surrounded by caring parents who helped them cope
Yesterday, these sheep were probably out in the fields. Today, they are on parade.
Two beautiful Senioritas
If you look closely, you will see that the blanket on the horse is made of fruits and vegetables.
On this horse, the blanket is made of candy bars. The baby is asleep under his father's protective umbrella.
Jonny couldn't resist petting the sheep
It is hard to see just how extravagant this float is
A girl's marching band playing the recorder
Sheep on parade
Three little Americans in the hot sun
35,000 people and we saw only one policeman
A miniature truck with its load of children
Think of the hours of work to make these floats
A staggering load of candy and fruit
Christmas carols by an accordian man
A tired horse and his keeper
Just around the corner from the park, a truck was parked that was filled with food. Women passed out free bananas, popcorn, bread, and soup to anyone who wanted something to eat.
Hope you enjoyed these photos of one of the nicest days any one could spend honoring the children of Cuenca.