|Silvano cheers us on|
We started on Monday. Our co-father and co-mother, Gonzalo and Pelajia, are padrinos to one of the leaders, Moises. The Yucras are a large family, so Moises was invited by LOTS of households to party at their houses, so we progressed through eleven houses on Monday. Too many. Later in the week we danced with Ruperta's father, Florentino, and his group only went to 5 houses. This gave us more time to dance at each house, and to drink our beer more slowly.
The first house of the morning usually has soup; after Monday's beginning, this was also the "overnight" house, the last night of the previous evening, set up with rooms for people to sleep if they want. We don't always make it for soup, since we have come home to sleep and have our own breakfast. A desultory beginning includes bursts of drums and flutes as the host group waits for more participants to arrive; waits for the morning rain to stop.
|Coca estallias, nearly empty|
|Women in twirling skirts lead the procession|
|Sam gets a shade hat|
|in procession through an arch|
|This dance went briefly through a steep eucalyptus forest|
|Young Clever plays the big base drum|
|Biggest celebration is Wednesday in the plaza|
|Goddaughter, Natalia, with Sam|
|Sam and Felipe|
|beautiful Cecilia with Sam|
|Tara and Sam|
|Sam plays ball with the kids while grownups drink beer|
Sunday night was one more big extravaganza blow-out in the Plaza. Several groups changed clothes so all the women were twirling in day-glow yellow skirts. Some groups of men wore all white. It was sunset, so the glow was powerful. Fireworks as well.
I have videos from Sunday night--and from the processions as well, but didn't manage to download them--stay tuned!