When festivities kicked off for a three-day fiesta in Copacabana it was immediately apparent that this was an event on a far higher scale compared to the two fiestas in Sorata and San Pedro that I had just attended. For starters this town was probably twenty times as large as Sorata, and the number of marching dance troupes I was told was about forty. Considering each troupe could contain up to 50 performers of more it was clear that Bolivians like to participate in their festivals far more than attend them. Though the streets were packed with onlookers too, many of whom I detected were family members of the performers.
I took these two photographs in the main plaza close to the starting point of the dance parade. In the background you can see the Basilica where I photographed my recent trinity and poverty post. From here the parade continued roughly one kilometre to another church ground where one after the other the dance troupes finished their dances with a final performance… though all in good time.
It appears my Bolivian fiesta month will likely run for a few more weeks yet, it seems I underestimated the depth of my collection.
More to come soon.