Folklore Parade; Granada, Nicaragua
Some of the most enriching travel experiences happen due to serendipity.
A few years ago I visited the historic colonial town of Granada, Nicaragua. My visit just happened to coincide with an international poetry festival. I’m not a poetry buff, and even if I were, most of the events associated with the festival were conducted in Spanish. No hablo español.
But there was one event that spoke to me profoundly in a language I could understand. The festival was culminated by one of the most magnificent and resplendent parades I have ever seen.
It seemed like all of Granada – a town of about 90,000 people – turned up to either march or watch the parade. I didn’t understand the meaning behind some of the exhibits and costumes, but I was told later that much of it had to do either with poking fun at the Spanish – who ruled Nicaragua until it gained its independence in 1821 – or honoring the country’s indigenous culture.
This young lady, proudly displaying her brightly colored folkloric dress, caught my attention. And she didn’t seem shy about posing for a picture. It’s a lovely reminder of what was one of the highlights of a fascinating trip to Central America.
Muchas gracias, señorita!
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