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« on: October 09, 2010 11:21:17 AM »

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 vest:

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.
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2010 02:08:42 PM »

Brilliant crafting.

Lovely background story and brilliant pics.

Such a nice post all together.
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2010 05:24:51 PM »

that is so wonderful!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2010 10:04:59 AM »

I love her!  Good job!
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2010 01:50:29 PM »

Thanks!!!
I dont really like the fact that her legs look like she's got celulitis (but i had to maker look like me right??? lol) but it's the fabric.... that's the only little detail I dont really love about her... but ignoring that... I LOVE HER!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2010 08:36:09 AM »

What am amazing bit of craftiness!! Congrats on the celebration and your participation in it, it sounds like a blast!! 
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