After the end of the parade went by, we started walking back to our condo, only to realize that the parade had now wrapped around to the Boca del Rio beach road, our route home, so we got to see much of it again! It was a hot and sunny day, so the marchers didn't seem quite so fresh by this point, but there was still plenty of cheer in the air. We were delighted to see one of the cooks, Cherette (I hope I have spelled this right), from Grand Caribe all decked out in a very fancy purple butterfly costume, dancing and marching in the parade. She saw me before I recognized her, and gave me such a friendly wave. Living on a small island is a neat experience as you actually see people you know when you're out and about!
Here's a slideshow of the parade photos Barry took. I think you'll agree that the colors are incredibly vivid. He did a great job at capturing the experience!
Interestingly too, one of the workers at the Palapa knew of us and that we'd been on the island for 3-4 weeks, even though this was our first time stopping in since we moved here in late August. Word really gets around on a small island! Here's a photo he took of us there: