Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Tarqui. In Ecuador, there are celebrations for tons of events of importance to the country, far more than in the US.
The Battle of Tarqui, also known as the Battle of Portete de Tarqui, took place on February 27, 1829 at Portete de Tarqui, near Cuenca, Ecuador. It was fought between troops from Gran Colombia, commanded by Antonio José de Sucre, and Peruvian troops under José de La Mar. It was a victory for Gran Colombia.
After the battle the forces of Gran Colombia retook control of Guayaquil.
What that meant here in Cotacachi is a procession. I'm sure it meant the same thing all over the country, especially in Cuenca and Guayaquil but I was able to see the one here. I confess, I missed the first half of the parade, possibly more. I heard the drums and by the time I got down to the corner where I could get pictures, the littlest kids had already gone by--how unfortunate because they're always the cutest.
I still got some fun ones.
One final note--there was a police truck at the head of the procession but that was all. Once the traffic stopped for the beginning of the parade, it stayed stopped for the entire thing. Drivers may honk their horns at the car ahead of them if the light turned red a half second before but they'll sit quietly and patiently while children parade past for more than 20 minutes. It's great.