Last Sunday we went to Santa Inez, the village of the week, in the morning and watched them making the alfombras. One group even let us help a bit! Then we watched as the procession left the church and trampled the alfombras. Later that evening, after our Boston friends Anne and Jim arrived, we all ran around Antigua finding and following the procession as it made its' way around town. It's even more impressive after dark, as the floats (called "andes") are all lit up.
Locals say that these Sundays are nothing compared to the BIG one on Good Friday and the festivities leading up to that. We'll have to come back some day for that.
|Working on a carpet|
stenciling with wood chips
|Finishing one up|
|Working on "our carpet"|
|The big carpet in front of the church|
|"Our" finished carpet|
|The procession begins|
|The ande ("float") - impossible to get a feel for the size|
|The procession heads out|
|Always interested in conductors|