Roble de Sabana Tree across cow pasture from my house, seen from street. Atenas, Costa Rica
Roble de Sabana Zooming in through my trees Atenas, Costa Rica
It is still dry season and trees that lose their leaves immediately burst out in flowers. This week it is the Roble de Sabana, which is a type of oak tree they say, but nothing like a north american oak!
Rainy season officially starts in May, so just a month away and I will be glad! I prefer the “green season.”
Colegio Liceo had the largest group of marching flags led by a Drum Majorette.
When they stopped they had a very intricate presentation of weaving the lines in and out of each other to create a sea of red, white and blue – Colegio Liceo.
As usual I watched the parade from Gelly’s across from Parque Central. Here Colegio Liceo is starting their presentation seen in second photo.
Escuela Central Elementary School did great for younger kids! And they had the coolest caps! Boys and girls marched in separate lines. That’s elementary school for you! 🙂
Colegio San Rafael was led by a drum major.
Though not as large as Liceo, San Rafael had impressive group & show!
Patriotism and color on 15 de septiembre is just as big as US 4th of July! Just no mucho fireworks in Atenas. Another shot of Colegio San Rafael. (There’s a big fireworks show in San Jose. But I like my little farm town!)
Unlabeled School (or I missed the sign) leave our area by the church.
I’m still sorting the 600+ photos from a wonderful nearly 3-hour parade for Independence Day here with lots of bands and flags and children. Tonight I share just a few of my children shots, some in the parade and many watching it. This satisfies what I wanted to photograph in last night’s lantern parade and did not accomplish. Children are so photogenic!
Watching the parade with me at Gelly’s
Representing one of the schools in the parade
Nicole, 6 or 7, is already a drummer in a band! Son of my Spanish teacher, in band I raised $ for.
Some of the dancers weren’t so good, but this group was great, with traditional dancing!
I watched this boy sneak under the railing to sit on curb for closer view!
The red, white & blue traditional dress is most typical for Independence Day and I’ll show adults wearing them another day.
And this is the typical traditional dress for boys and men. I wore a hat like this but no bandanna, just a red, white & blue shirt!
Another traditional dress for 15th of September! All of these are made by parents or a seamstress, you cannot buy them in stores.
And finally, a father-son bonding moment on the parade route. This may be my favorite photo from the parade.
I have lots of photos of a lot of bands and really a lot of flags I’ll share a few of, plus some adult costumes and some “different” things in the parade in future posts.