I mentioned yesterday that we went to Las Tablas to watch the Desfile de Patrias/Desfile de Banderas on Saturday. This parade is held every year on November 8th before the November 10th Grito de Los Santos or First Cry Freedom of La Villa de Los Santos. This marks an uprising in the village of Los Santos in the year 1821 and is known as the first step toward independence from Spain. The story goes that during the battle of Los Santos a woman by the name of Rufina Alfaro was the first to scream; Viva la libertad! Today there will be another parade in La Villa de Los Santos to celebrate the occasion.
We arrived at around 09:30, grabbed a quick snack for SU and were in place at the end of the parade route by 10:00 in time to see the arrival of the dignitaries and Queens and dancers that had marched from the start point on the other side of town.
The parade was a large one led first by the bomberos (firefighters) and their auxiliary groups and marching bands:
Followed by the national police force with their various pennants representing their districts and of course their marching band, and auxiliary:
And then came a group of Presidential Guards with their marching band:
We were wondering with all these police and firemen and security guys all marching in the parade (not to mention the amount of police that are normally in place during the occasions) what was happening in case of emergencies? Although the people in Las Tablas would have been well looked after…in the campo.