School Parades on Día de Santiago

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; School Parades on Día de Santiago

Once again we are celebrating Saint James Day in La Antigua Guatemala, or Día de Santiago, as we call it in Spanish. I said it before and I will say it again, parades is the second most popular activity in La Antigua Guatemala after processions, of course. So, today streets were full of school bands, dancers, music and lots, lots of happy people watching the parades or following their kids as the marching bands snaked all around Antigua Guatemala.

In case you don’t know, Saint James is the patron saint of La Antigua Guatemala, formerly known as Santiago de Guatemala. Thus, it is also the town fair and celebrations of La Antigua Guatemala. There are so many things to do and experience in town, from a book fair at parque central, to mechanical games and roller coasters on the town fair located behind the municipal market.

I wish I had record a video clip to give you a taste of being here. I keep forgetting to record more video clips. I promise I will do better tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy this very cheerful image of a batonista and a slideshow and video clip from last year.

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