Las Fiestas de Chile

This gallery contains photos taken during different Chilean holidays.
It begins with Las Fiestas Patrias (Fiesta Dieciochera), moves on to the Procession of
the Virgin of Carmen, and ends with the Spring Festival.

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Dulceria
Dulceria
Chileans buying handmade sweets during the weekend of las Fiestas Patrias, the Chilean Independence Holiday.
La Fonda Chiquita
La Fonda Chiquita
During Las Fiestas Patrias, white tents of all sizes are set up in the city's parks. Inside, people gather to listen to live music and eat traditional foods.
La Fonda Grande
La Fonda Grande
The main fonda in Parque Inez de Suarez.
La Cueca
La Cueca
Performing the national dance. It's cueca, cueca, cueca for three days straight.
Anticuchos
Anticuchos
Everywhere you go, you are pursued by the aroma of delicious barbecued shish kabobs or toasty empanadas.
Los Musicos
Los Músicos
These one-man bands are a very popular type of street musician. They beat out complex rhythms while spinning around rapidly. Looks like these kids are getting a head start.
La Fonda Enorme
La Fonda Enorme
At Parque O'Higgins, the rowdiest park.
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Parque O'Higgins was filled with performers.
La Fonda Guachaca
La Fonda Guachaca
This fonda, held at the Estacion Mapocho, is where I spent most of the night dancing.
THE LUCKY ONES
THE LUCKY ONES
Drunkards...They Will See God Twice. (i love this sign)
Yael
Yael
A five year-old's depiction of las Fiestas Patrias.
Flores
Flores
The city is decorated in yellow and white flowers in anticipation for the Procession of the Virgin of Carmen.
Drummers
Drummers Galore
The procession is made of clergy, religious and school groups, the army and police, and general citizenry that join up spontaneously (like me).
La Virgen de Carmen
La Virgen de Carmen
Here she is. Madre de Todos Los Chilenos. (Mother of all Chileans.)
Vanguard
Vanguard
The procession begins.
Las Forzas Armadas
Las Fuerzas Armadas
The military joins up.
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