As I've said, Christmas in Cotacachi is a big deal. Everyone participates in one way or another. The nativity scene in this city display is almost life size and there's a lovely tree as well.
The processions include people (especially children) dressed as Joseph, Mary, wise men, shepherds, and angels--lots and lots of angels. The long "sticks" these kids are holding have little fireworks in them.
I saw more fireworks in the weeks before Christmas and then into the new year than I think I'd seen in, well, I have no idea how long. They may not have been huge but they were certainly in abundance.
I do so wish I had taken a photo of this snowman sooner. He was starting to collapse of his own weight. He was made completely out of white plastic drinking cups.
Another nativity scene. Uh, wait a second, is that Baby Jesus?
Um, I think he might be a baby bombero.
Yep, this is the nativity scene put out by the Bomberos Cotacachi--that's the fire department and they have a Bombero Baby Jesus and an aluminum tree--no fire hazard there. Oh wait, the extension cord wasn't rated for outdoor use. I love living here!
I was walking home one night and there in the street was a little band playing music. It wasn't like they were playing for a large group or anything. In fact, there were more band members than audience. Sometimes I think people just get together to play because the love the do it more than wanting to perform for others. (The bottles in the street were interesting. One was a bottle of liquor and the other was water. I didn't see any glasses--if it hadn't been so late and I hadn't been so tired I might have hung around to see if there was something special about them.)