A massive celebration in the city finished off the week with a huge Parade.
29.09.2013 - 29.09.2013
The final day of my final weekend in Trujillo, Sunday 29th September. Feeling a little worse for ware after my sendoff ceremony ‘despedida’ the evening before, I nearly said no when Mary-Beth (the American Coordinator here at Espaanglisch) asked if I wanted to be part of a Parade.
I had seen a couple of news articles and flyers that announced the start of spring in Trujillo and the weeklong celebration which crescendoed in a parade. I felt I owed it to Trujillo to join and show my support! I certainly didn’t need to worry about making up the numbers, every corner of the huge parade course was covered with three or four layers of people, Peruvians, South Americans and People from around the world attend this massive party every year and Sunday was no exception.
I was already enjoying myself as Mary Beth and I arrived at her place of work, an English school in the heart of Trujillo, they had a big float taking part in the parade and needed some token natives to create more attention for their school. By this point I was happy to oblige. When we reached the float, I was even more willing! During my time here it seemed a bit of a sad place with minimal opportunity and huge divides between the wealthy and not so well off. On Sunday it felt like all this had disappeared, the amount of effort that had been put into this spectacle was unbelievable, not a sad face in sight, surrounded by flowers, decorations, costumes and colours, I was awestruck.
Floats for national brands like bottled water, toilet paper, public transport and media outlets were joined by more local establishments. Everyone had gone to great lengths to show off, even the Police of Trujillo had a float, as well as masses of dancers, performers and models all joined in the display.
Before we started I was asked several times to take pictures with families, children and adults alike, I felt a little like a local celebrity, ‘token gringo’ I can get used to the title! My head and ego may have doubled in those moments (If that is possible)
Our float was a tribute to Queen (the band) and all things British, made me miss home a little, It had a huge white lion at the front, big pictures of a Guard and a red telephone box, Two of the students of the school were dressed in full queen attire and were accompanied by blasting Queen anthems. The float was completed with ‘Miss Teen Peru’ standing centre stage.
As we started the Parade I was very proud to walk for the company, everyone was fantastic at speaking English and getting to know what I was about, as well as telling me what was going on with them and the English school. Mary Beth and I were at the front, holding a banner, followed by the teaching staff and then a forklift, pulling the ‘we will rock you tour bus’
Big headed and proud I stayed in that spot all parade and welcomed all the high fives, waves and the odd wolf whistle. Some people tried out some English lines to which I replied in my poshest English accent. Others were more than happy to exclaim ‘GRINGO!’ which is fine by me. Any attention is good attention!
All in all it was a fantastic day; got to do a little bit of dancing as well as a sing-a-long we will rock you when the parade slowed. Loved every minute of it, thinking back to earlier in the day, in bed and hesitating about whether I should go or not, I am extremely glad I did. I know what a Parade is but this was beyond all my expectations.
It wasn’t on my bucket list, but it should’ve been!
Good work Trujillo!