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Published: April 19th 2010
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I got quite a welcome to Sahuayo today. It was my first day of work officially as I had a meeting at school with the principal and the director of the school. Colin and I sat through 2 hours of how to plan lessons, mark exams and grade students and got through two packets of biscuits at the same time. Sent of with my contract in hand we were told to return in the afternoon to collect our text books. It was as we were returning we realised the noise on the street was louder than usual and as we walked towards the school we were soon confronted with a major traffic jam...caused by a huge parade. Colin stated calmly that this is quite a regular event and sooner or later there will always be a parade. Crowds of people surged through the streets all dressed in bright colours. We soon noticed a colour pattern - red, blue, yellow or green. A car drove past with a teenage girl perched on the roof and surrounded by silver and red balloons while people in matching coloured t-shirts lept about around her, shouting, singing, blowing on whistles and generally making a lot of
noise. The reds moved on replaced by another girl on a car. I think she's somehow been seperated from her group as she was a lone green figure between a crowd of red and a crowd of yellow. The yellow group came next, another girl balancing precariously on the roof of a car this time under an arch of huge yellow balloons (quite a few of them shaped like tweety-pie!) The yellows were followed by the blues, the girl heading this group spraying fake snow into the crowd as she moved forward on her car. I watched it all with excitement, wondering what it was all about, until a local woman turned and asked me what the parade was for at which point I relaised no-one but the people in the parade seemed to have a clue what was happening! The locals all stood around watching while traffic crept along behind the dancing people, or came to a complete standstill as the parade passed.
As the crowds started to thin we raced along to catch up to the front so we could see the green group. Again a teenage girl led the group, this time seated in a car and
accompanied by a few little girls all dressed in green fairy dresses with sparkly face paint. We watched the teenagers... and some adults, making crazy conga lines, batting balls and balloons over the heads of the crowd, and making noise in every possible way. Eventually we managed to detach ourselves from the crowds and make it to the school where no-one seemed particularly concerned that we were late getting to work. IN fact the director merely turned and asked 'Did you like the parade? Four local schools are going to have a sports day.'
Ah.... that's obviously what warrants a major street party!
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