People from all over EC come to be a part of the CID festivities that span almost a week. My friends the Gabors, however, head out of Dodge to their beach retreat to shun the hordes of people and paparazzi.
There are so many events it's hard to know what's going on and where. There's parades, indoor and outdoor concerts, tons of food vendors lining streets, the carnival, the 4-H'ish fair, parties, and blocks and blocks of tented crafts booths. Coinkidinkly, the Day of the Dead celebration starts the whole thing off. This is where thousands of people go to the cemeteries to visit the long-gone, clean, and adorn their gravesites.
One of the BEST events I went to was a performance of the Cuenca Symphony. They did two concerts, one outdoors in a large park, and the other outdoors in a plaza behind the Central Bank next to the Pumapungo ruins. I organized a small group of friends to have dinner at a nearby restaurant none of us had been to. We do a lot of that here...always trying out new (to us) places. Afterwards, we simply walked a long block to the site and wound back behind the bank and museum to find the site of the performance. It was perfect! The site was surrounded by colonial architecture, arched colonnades, and palms. The concert included performances by the Army band and a 12-member Mariachi group. Added to the spectacle were canons and fireworks. And...........................it was all FREE.
Here's some photos from the concert:
|Approximately 1,000 in attendance on 2 levels|
|Cuenca's Symphony orchestra|
|The Army band (with canon lower left)|
Another event coinciding with CID was the opening of the brand spanking new Planetarium. Parque de la Madre was gutted and completely rebuilt over the past year-plus, including an underground 200 car parking garage. But, what wasn't completed when PDLM re-opened was the new Planetarium. The old one was demolished and a new one, resembling the planet Saturn, was constructed. There are several shows daily. Cost? .............................................FREE.
|Our new Planetarium theater.|
Here's photos from more of the Cuenca Independence Day (CID) celebrations:
|Each of these 'animals' are entirely made of foam.|
|Look at the size relative to the people!!!|
|This creature walked about (see human legs)|
|See the speakers near the feet of this 'thing'. It roared 'GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!'|
|The CIDAP museum. I soooooooo want to have this kind of place for my house!!!!|
|Vendor tents selling alpaca clothing, leather, artwork, and other kinds of crafts.|
|Very creative vendor 'stall'. Inside were the handicrafts of various artisans.|
|A live mockup of the new lightrail train under construction in Cuenca.|
|Daddy....I want a PONY!!!!|
|I LOVE this. If you wanted a glass of sugar-cane juice, these guys will squeeze one for you. Notice the guys pushing and rotating the tree limb, while the cane is fed through one end, sqoooshed by the gears to get a cup-o-juice.|
|Am I an Alpaca, or a Llama? THAT is the question!!!|
|Yummee. Not sure what it is...but...YUMMEEEE!!!|
|In the old stadium where bullfights were held (now illegal), horses and their trainers exhibit their ability to jump fences.|
Up-Puh-Dee, UP-PUH-DEE.....TTTTHHHHAT'S ALLLLL FOLKS!!!
|I'm thinking of writing my own piece called "I See Dumb Dogs":|
Oh no you're not Gracie...Now get outa my blog!!!!