March 18, 2005
Astaire and Judy Garland were conspicuously absent from the passing
faces (althought at 4'11", Judy Garland might have
been among the taller ones). So it wasn't the classic Easter
Parade. But it was still a good one.
A long queue of Kindergarden students, looking like so many
brightly colored seeds of the future, flourished costumes that
ran the gamut from the familiar conejo (rabbit) theme to
more obscure depictions of Aztec mythical beasts. The spectators
marveled at the novelty of the masquerades, a Noah's Ark of zoological
appendages that included wings, petals, beaks, tails, stingers,
bills, antennae, feathers and of course, floppy ears. For the
extremely young of limb and heart, a festooned trailer, sporting
four columns of balloons, was equipped with rows of chairs to
float the toddlers over the course of the parade.
Children linked arms and proudly displayed their whimsical regalia.
A few of them indulged in the hammish tropism of camera-mugging
as their parents scurried through the ranks, clicking the pageant
to film for posterity.
This was perhaps an impromptu parade. It wasn't on the official
list of upcoming events, provided by Office of Tourism. Hopefully,
it will become an annual tradition. As San Felipe's 1st Easter
Parade, the weather couldn't have been better. The children were
in full bloom. Below are a few photos of the activities.