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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fiesta

Where we live they have this big 10 day festival/celebration/party called Fiesta. We've lived here for 4 years and I'm still not quite sure what it's about. It seems to be a tame version of Mardi Gras in some ways with several parades and krews with different queens and kings. It apparently started when a group of ladies pelted each other with flower petals and then had a parade to honor the heros from the Battle of the Alamo and San Jancinto. Tonight is the big night parade downtown. They also had a parade on the Riverwalk earlier this week and a Battle of the Flowers parade on Friday. We haven't been to a single event this year (or in years past) because I am not big on going downtown or battling big crowded events like this. 

On Wednesday at Abby's school they had a shoebox float parade. We had to make her a shoebox to pull in the parade. I had the hardest time figuring out what exactly to put on the top as we've never seen/done this before. I think it turned out okay. She liked it and that's what matters! 
They pulled their floats by class around the upper level of the Church while the parents sat around the wall to watch the parade. It was really cute to see all the floats and the kids pulling them. 
* I have the worst time taking pictures in this upper mall area of our Church. Partly because I'm usually trying to keep Micah from joining the parade with one hand (this one and the halloween one last fall) and I struggle with getting the settings right for the way the light is in there. I probably should break down and use the flash to get a good shot but I just don't like using the flash. Hence the less than stellar pictures. 
Apparently Barbies/Princesses were a hot item for the tops of floats as 4 out of 5 girls used them! Ha!

After the parade the kids had a fun day planned for them with activities in all the various classrooms and a big Fiesta meal (of tacos - which Abby told me she didn't like or eat) Abby's favorite activity was the smashing of the cascarones - which are confetti filled egg shells. She got the biggest smile on her face and giggled when I asked her about them! 
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1 comment :

Leah said...

Aww, The parade looks so cute and like so much fun for Abby!