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Day of the Innocents Masquerade Parade 2017

Every January 6, Cuenca celebrates the Day of the Innocents with a parade that combines satire, political and social commentary.  It is variously called the Fools Parade, Inocentes Parade, or Masquerades Parade. This was originally a religious event commemorating King Herod’s death sentence for all new-born boys after the birth of Christ, though Cuenca’s version ... Read more


Subdued New Year’s Eve in Cuenca

As usual, politicians were mocked throughout the large neighborhood dioramas. Clinton, Obama and Trump were all represented from the States, plus an assortment of Ecuadorian political figures. This was our fifth New Year’s Eve in Ecuador.  Except for 2015 in Salinas, we have spent each of them in Cuenca. Our first was at the end ... Read more


Pase del Niño Parade 2016

Peter Dudar, a gringo expat actively involved with various Ecuadorean charitable causes, led the parade as one of the Three Kings The Christmas Eve el Pase del Niño (the passing of the child) parade is claimed by its organizers to be the largest in all of Latin America. This year, at least 100,000 people lined ... Read more


Festival of Lights

Last night was the Festival of Lights (Festival de Luces) at Santo Domingo Plaza in Cuenca.  This is an annual event, honoring Our Lady of the Rosary.  However, in past years, we always heard about it after the event. This was the first year we learned about the event in time to attend. The schedule ... Read more


Orchid Wall 2016

The Orchid Wall flower show is on display this weekend, running through Sunday, November 27 at the Casa de la Provincia, on the edge of Parque San Blas.  As I write this, the show still has one day for you to catch it.  If you like flowers, and orchids in particular, you should set aside ... Read more


House Concert – The Charango and Estefani

Tonight was another House Concert from Colibri Conciertos, which are hosted in private homes or boutique hotels in Cuenca. Mara Gano (lower right) organizes these special monthly events featuring talented local (and frequently world-class) concert musicians. This month, 30 guests were invited to the home of Greg and Charlene Redenbacher. Guests were treated to hear ... Read more


CID 3 – Soap Box Derby & Markets

Cuenca Independence Day #3 The 2016 Cuenca Independence Day blog concludes with a look at the annual soap box derby.  This race always starts on Calle Larga, just a little over a block from our apartment.  The contestants race down this gently sloped road for 4 blocks, then down a steeper incline for 2 blocks, ... Read more


CID 2 – Military Parade

Cuenca Independence Day #2 The Cuenca Day Independence celebrations continued this morning with a military parade.  Apparently, the military parade only occurs every two years.  Prior to this year, it was very difficult to discover what special events were going on, and catching them was mostly through serendipity, unless you read the newspapers or listened ... Read more


CID 1 – A Parade and Magic Show

Cuenca Independence Day #1 The battle for the independence of Cuenca was held 196 years ago, on November 3, 1820.  Though the battle only lasted one day, in typical Ecuadorian fashion, the celebration lasts three days each year. One of the first events of this year’s celebration was the Desfile Estudiantil, or Student’s Parade. Most ... Read more


The Russian Circus is in Town

The Russian Circus (Circo de Rusia) is in town this week for the Cuenca Independence Day celebration.  We went to the Sunday matinee show yesterday, and had a grand afternoon.  There were no animals (other than a small dog masquerading as a lion), however there was cotton candy, candied apples, popcorn, hot dogs and chili ... Read more


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