Friday, November 4, 2011

Independencia de Panamá

The separation of Panama from Colombia formalized on November 3, 1903.

The city was alive today! Awaken by music of the kuna Indians, calypso and independence day celebrations! I was out of bed by 6:30, I couldn't sleep.

The city celebrates with a big parade in Panama City, there are traditional folklore dancing in the streets, people dress in traditional costumes, wearing a pollera and a montuno, and dance El Tamborito or El Atravesao, traditional dances. The tradition is mainly kept by schools who prepare themselves to parade on the streets all year long. Parents spend a lot of money on instruments and uniforms for those in a marching band.
This was a never ending parade which began at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 3p.m. Rain or shine, the parade goes on! There is so much pride here in Panama, they are really proud of their homeland.

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