On september 15 we mexicans celebrated the bicentennial of mexican Independence. We had a huuuge celebration, which included a parade (kind of a carnival but in a mexican way). I volunteered to participate in there. We started rehearsing on january and it was one of the best things that has happened to me.
In the beginning we were over 70 000 people who wanted to participate, after interviews, castings and stuff, only 7500 were chosen.
I was chosen as a Mambo dancer, actually I was one of the main dancers (the ones that were dancing next to really famous mexican artists). The day of the event, everything came out perfectly, (despite the fact that we were up from 5 am to 3 am next day) and in the end we were allowed to take our costumes home with us.
These were our costumes, I loved them but I knew I'd never wear those again so....
I made myself a poppet using only the things we used in the parade.
The body is made out of the vest we wore before we got our costumes (not the best fabric for puppets but has a special meaning to me) and the costume is a replica of mine. She has white hair because we were going to wear white wigs.
the costume (next to other costumes):
Last week, mexico's president gave us a diploma and thanked us for participating, and I took her to the event. Everyone was in love with her, even the director of the event was thrilled!!!
Hope you like her as much as I do
And as a random picture (my fave picture) during the celebrations, fireworks made the mexican flag in Mexico's main hall.
Here are more pictures if you want to see them (found them in an american newspage) http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/09/mexicos_bicentennial.html?s_campaign=8315
. If you read it, just let me clarify that WE ARE NOT HAVING A BRUTAL NATIONWIDE DRUG WAR (newspapers tend to overreact about minimal stuff) things are pretty peaceful in here. And the government didnt spend much because we all volunteered and most of the things were donated.