The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Guelaguetza - It's on!

This is one of the best weeks to be in Oaxaca.  The Guelaguetza is in full swing with dancing in the streets in many of the cities and villages.  For more info here is the main page for the events.
Dancers come from every region of the state dressed in their traditional outfits.  It is simply spectacular, an overflow of pride and happiness.  

After getting a flat tire and getting stopped by impromptu parades, I made it into the city and rushed to find the opening desfile or parade, which no matter what the official starting time and place is always different.  The route this year went straight down the pedestrian walk, Alcala, which was lined with thousands of spectators. 

The music is wonderful and one finds oneself moving to the rhythms.  One of the most moving aspects of the parade is when a particular regional group goes by and there is a spontaneous outpouring of applause and affection.  There is no competition, only love and pride.

Needless to say, I have a few shots and will post them through the two weeks of celebration, but it is an ongoing event so it will be hard to keep up.  You should be here yourself.  What were you thinking?

I love the faces of the people involved. 
The two kids from Tlahuitoltepec are perfect examples.

As a former music teacher, I always have a soft spot for girls playing drums.  The world needs more of them.

The crowd following the parade down to the zocalo.

Oh, there are also hundreds of beautiful women, all ready for the camera.  It's a tough job, but.....

More as the week progresses.


MexicaoMexico said...

Pride and happiness. Thank You!!

j-b-t-s said...

yes i should be there... what WAS i thinking?