Last night we headed to centro and to Richards apartment. There we met up with Richard, Cynthia and a group of the english teachers from the school where Cynthia and Richard teach. We all chatted for awhile before heading for the Three Presidents Plaza where there were to be some bands playing. I think the first band we heard was called Nacapule, then came a mariachi band, I missed their name. The mariachi band was very, very good and we really enjoyed listening to them. The singers had really good voices and the music was great. They had a big screen up on one side of the plaza and it was showing images of past events in the city, carnival parades, etc. and was nice to watch and remember as we listened to the music.
Across the street the childrens fair rides were doing a big business and the toy vendors were out in force. A happy, noisy, colorful time. Some of the little children were dressed up in costumes and looked very cute.
There were some changes in the way that things were this year. The beer vendors are usually set up on the plaza, this year they were down on the street and we heard a policeman telling someone that they weren't allowed to take the beer onto the plaza. I had read that there was to be no food sold, only bottled drinks; because of the problem of dust still hanging around from when the streets flooded during Tropical Depression Julio. There were not nearly as many vendors as usual; but there were some and we saw people wandering around with food, so- so much for that.
One interesting difference this year was that there were 2 police riding around on Segways, the 2 wheeled motorized vehicles-not sure if you call them vehicles or what you call them. I had read somewhere on the internet, I forget where, that the police somewhere in Mexico were using these; but never expected to see them here in our little city.
Internet image of a Segway:
The Palacio Municipal being decorated for Independance Day.