Tj and I went to a parade yesterday…it wasn’t your typical Easter parade, more like a display of the products of Spain. Of course half-way to Murcia I realized that we forgot the camera. Tj says he asked me to pick it up, but I never heard him! Fortunately Steve brought his new digital camcorder and Tj got to play with it.
Steve, Kelli and their kids picked us up in front of the church and drove us to a closer location, and then we walked a little farther. Generally seats are provided along parade routes, but you have to pay to sit (yesterday it was 5 euros, about $6 or so). So we found a stretch of seats with almost no one standing behind and took up post. The things that came by on the parade were pretty interesting: dancing horses, milkmen riding bicycles with their metal milk jugs mounted on the front of their bikes, women balancing large baskets of bread on their heads…one older lady walked down the street cutting off slices of bread to hand out, tiny ponies pulling little buggies with little kids driving them…how cute! Of course we chose the worst place to stand, as we found out halfway through the parade. All of the important people were seated about 60′ to our right so all the dancers would stop there and dance, walk past our post as they caught their breath, and then about 60′ past us they’d dance again! Fortunately Tj caught some good dancing on the camcorder.
One of the things that was so different from any parade I’d ever been to was that people would just walk up to the floats and reach up for whatever they were giving away…several times I was worried for the smaller kids as older people just walked right over them trying to get the goodies. And the things that were thrown out really had me laughing; we caught: saran wrapped sandwiches, beef logs, hard boiled eggs, bags of nuts, candy, makeup and a hat. Things that we didn’t catch but that they were throwing out: cans of beer, other pork and beef products, heads of cauliflower and broccoli, tomatoes, plastic cups of wine (obviously you had to walk up to the float for that one), slices of bread, fruit drink boxes, etc.
After the end of the parade we walked to the river to see the display of an old Spanish house with chickens at the back and a small garden on the side. Then we walked back to the main circle and waited for the fireworks to begin. I bought and consumed a candy apple along the way; I love those things! After the fireworks we all went to McDonalds for some fast (ha!) food. Many of the Spaniards love to laugh at Americans and say that all Americans love to eat at McDonalds…and while I know that not all Americans do, I’m definitely one who does (hi, my name is Elle and I’m addicted to junk food). The funny thing is that almost every time we go the place is chock-full of Spaniards!
Well, Tj’s already asleep, poor kid…he didn’t have the 2 hour nap that I did. I’m still catching up on reading blogs I missed while gone, and blogging our trip. I’ll hit the hay soon.