A Parade and Progreso!
Trip Start Dec 11, 2010
20Trip End Feb 01, 2011
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We left the dishes in the sink, threw on our shoes, and headed out the door to see what was happening. It was very exciting to see a parade of lit-up vehicles going by, so we followed them a couple of blocks. We were told that the decorated cars were going four blocks away, so we decided to run and catch up to the front of the line of vehicles. As it turned out, the parade continued on through the streets for 17 blocks, ending at the Temple of San Cristobel. Someone told David it was a celebration of Guadalupe and the honouring of taxi drivers. The church was lit up and decorated inside with red and white sprays of fresh flowers. It was a striking sight!!
After snapping some photos and video of the beautifully-decorated cars, trucks, and vans, we decided we'd head over to another park to hear the big band orchestra. It was 16 more blocks away! By the time we arrived we only heard them play a few songs, but we joined the crowd of couples dancing for two long pieces. We had another 13 blocks to walk home, so we had our evening exercise!
We will try again next Tuesday for the complete musical evening, and hope it's not interrupted by another parade!
Our Canadian friends, Kip and Heather, invited us to join them on a day trip north to the coastal town of Progreso. It was developed in 1856 as a community to support the port town of Sisal, just west of Progreso, during the height of the henequen export era. A large pier extends out into the ocean, so it is now a major international shipping port. Progreso is a busy place when the cruise ship pulls into port.
Many people in Merida come to Progreso in the summer to get away from the excessive heat of the capital city. Several nearby communities have become home to North Americans who are escaping their cold winter climate. It is a pleasant place to stroll the beach and have a bite to eat at one of the restaurants that overlook the water.