Celebrating country style
OCU. Herrera. . They came in their thousands on the weekend to help the local population celebrate the Festival of Manito o Ocueño. Th...
They came in their thousands on the weekend to help the local population celebrate the Festival of Manito o Ocueño. They flocked to the fair and to a Saturday concert by local celebrity Yin Carrizo, king of the accordion and folklorico music. Those still standing, turned out the next day for the annual parade highlighting life among the campesinos in the surrounding districts.
None of the high flying truck drawn floats of the big city. Everything in this parade reflected the daily work of the local farmers. Displays were drawn by oxen, displays of local meat being cooked were carried on the shoulders of workers or dragged by willing hands, male or female.
Children and adults from spectators to participants wore hand embroidered traditional dress and above all hats.
The “montuno” traditional headware flourished at jaunty angles to reflect the importance of the occasion.