We have two major parades here in the village, one at 4th of July and one on the first Saturday in December. Last night was the Starlight Parade, which brings out Corrales' finest all bedecked in lights. It happens down at the end of my street, on the main drag.
Missed it last year as I was in China, was glad to get out and catch it this. Honestly, it's pretty cheesey but a lot of fun. So we went down, grabbed a spot on the wall of a local restaurant and enjoyed the festivities. After the parade, the action moves to the community rec center for cookies and hot drinks and a visit from St. Nick. We walked a muddy mile down an irrigation ditch to drop in there. After spending an hour there talking with a co-worker about relocating to Dalian, we went home to a dinner of Coho and peas.
The first shot shows the display in front of the LBS, opened recently by some brave soul in an act of economic suicide. The second, a traditional building with its seasonal luminaria in full blaze. Luminara started in Mexico as a celebration of the birth of Christ and as a means to guide travelers. Starting as small bonfires, they morphed to paper bags with candles to plastic bags with electric lights. There is some debate as to whether they should be called Luminaria or Farolitos. I prefer Farolitos because everyone rolls their eyes and sighs when I call them that.
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