Weekly Photo Challenge: Parades of Culture


If you really want to experience the culture in Nicaragua, then go to a parade. Bombas burst, drummers rat-tat-a-tat, horns blast soulfully, and vendors shout enthusiastically. Vibrant colors assault the eyes, while smells of perfumed flowers and freshly shampooed hair swirl through the crowds. Sweat drops on freshly pressed costumes, children lick  melted drips of ice cream from their chins, while La Gigantona entices the crowds with fruit laden hats and remembrances of traditions of long ago.  Everyone loves parades in Nicaragua…and I’m no exception.

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18 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Parades of Culture

  1. You can count yourself truly a “member” of the local society when you no longer jump or otherwise react to any kind of fireworks, bombas, church or other cuetes! I’m getting there, after 7 years, but close explosions still can make me jump a little. Thanks for more good photos, Debbie. Susie.

      • Around here in Michoacan, Mexico, whenever there is a Catholic celebration or a religious walk to another community’s Catholic church, the setting off of cuetes at intervals is a signal. Maybe to ward of evil? To alert the heavenly forces of what is happening… Who knows, I’m not a Catholic. During Mass, especially at weddings, on the Virgen of Guadelupe day, during funeral walks with the coffin going to the cemetery — a man walks along or stands in the church yard, with a bunch of cuetes, lighting one every few minutes — using his lit cigarette to light the very short fuse. Susie.

    • Thanks John and Mary. Nicaraguan parades are always colorful. But, we have to watch out for the bombas. Once I was shooting a photo and I didn’t realize they set off a mini-bomb near my feet. Scared me to death! I’m surprised there aren’t more accidents with those crazy homemade bombs.

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