Willie is a member of our Guías y Scouts troop (Costa Rican version of Boy and Girl Scouts)
Why lanterns? As the story goes María Delores Bedoya went through the streets of Guatemala with a torch to invite the citizens to congregate and participate in the discussion for independence in the plaza in front of the Palacio Naciónal. I couldn't help but think of the legendary ride of Paul Revere when I heard this story.
Diana (girl to the left) is in our Guías y Scouts troop
On the 15th of September, it is common for children to participate in bands, traditional dances while again parading through town. No crazy fireworks, just a lot of amazingly precious kids and their families participating in some good, wholesome civic pride.
Here are a few more pictures from the Parade of the Lanterns (Desfile de los faroles)...
Andri is the son of a friend
Gerald (pronounced Harold) was formally a member of our English class