Gran Poder

IMG_2277It's been a while since I've written an update about life in Bolivia. Well, wait no longer!! This weekend was the festival of Gran Poder in La Paz. Gran Poder is an Andean festival, and is a combination of Pre-Columbian and Catholic traditions. It is supposed to be a celebration of Christ. It is basically a day-long parade, starting at 8am or so and going until who knows when at night! The parade features groups of people dressed in costumes and dancing traditional dances to traditional music. This year there were 54 groups, for a total of 20,000 dancers and musicians. Take a look at my pictures to see some of the incredible costumes.

Two of the girls from my office were dancing with one of the groups. Unfortunately, they were in the first group, right about the time I was discovering my camera batteries were dead. I didn't get a chance to buy batteries until later in the day. So you won't be seeing any photos of them. I went with a group of people from the office at 9am and we stayed until nearly 4pm. From what I saw, the festival seems to be an excuse to drink a lot of beer! People in the parade were drinking, people watching were drinking...and that was at 10am! But that's what a fiesta in Bolivia is all about. Sunday was a very quiet day in the city!

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Posted in La Paz Submitted by Meg on Mon, 2007-06-04 21:45

A Parade Full of Drunk People?

Submitted by Jody (not verified) on Wed, 2007-06-20 05:55.

Maybe this is one Bolivian tradition that you should import to Canada!!!

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Hi Megs

Submitted by Katie (not verified) on Tue, 2007-06-05 12:33.

Sounds like you are having a fabulous experience! I love reading about your adventures during my lunch time! Keep up with the posts.
Love Katie

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