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Children Dance around Cuzco’s Plaza and Begin a Month of Celebration

Cowboys, fairies, mice, and flowers (Photo: Alonzo Riley)

The high tourist season takes shape, after the Feast of the Cross, which is still being celebrated in some neighborhoods and also by some families.  Not only do the streets of Cuzco fill ever more with visitors from all over the world, but a month of constant noise and movement takes over in the build up to the Day of Cuzco and Inti Raymi at the end of June.

Yesterday, on a sunny morning, the little kids from the city’s kindergartens claimed the main plaza. They paraded and danced.  This show begins a month of parades, processions, and dancing through the streets. The children did not do just any dances, they performed different traditional dances from Cuzco, showing the ongoing importance of these dances for us and our identity. The endless lines of children in colorful costumes were awesome.

Cuzco Eats shares with you some photos of yesterday show.

A boy dresses as Winnie the Pooh as part of the children's parade in central Cuzco. (Photo: Brayan Coraza)
A boy dresses as Winnie the Pooh as part of the children’s parade in central Cuzco. (Photo: Brayan Coraza)
Children march through the central plaza of Cuzco (Photo: Arnold Fernandez)
Children march through the central plaza of Cuzco (Photo: Arnold Fernandez)
Girls dressed as honeybees take part in Cuzco's children's parade (Photo: Arnold Fernandez)
Girls dressed as honeybees take part in Cuzco’s children’s parade (Photo: Arnold Fernandez)
A group of boys dressed as cholo qorilazos carry balloons through the streets of Cuzco (Photo Arnold Fernandez)
A group of boys dressed as cholo qorilazos carry balloons through the streets of Cuzco (Photo Arnold Fernandez)
A young girl poses in her traditional dancing attire (Photo: Arnold Fernandez)
A young girl poses in her traditional dancing attire (Photo: Arnold Fernandez)
Boys run through the streets of Cuzco in jungle garb (Photo Arnold Fernandez)
Boys run through the streets of Cuzco in jungle garb (Photo Arnold Fernandez)
Lines of costumed children navigate the central square (Photo: Arnold Fernandez)
Lines of costumed children navigate the central square (Photo: Arnold Fernandez)
Young professionals follow a crab and a crocodile (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Young professionals follow a crab and a crocodile (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Little ducks brighten the bright streets of Cuzco (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Little ducks brighten the bright streets of Cuzco (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Flora and fauna represented by the children of Cuzco (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Flora and fauna represented by the children of Cuzco (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
A very cute infestation of rats on the streets of Cuzco (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
A very cute infestation of rats on the streets of Cuzco (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
A moment alone among the crowds for a young Contra Danza (Photo: Arnold Fernandez)
A moment alone among the crowds for a young Contra Danza (Photo: Brayan Coraza)
The headress and exquisite regalia of a Contra Danza. (Photo: Arnold Fernandez)
The headress and exquisite regalia of a Contra Danza. (Photo: Brayan Coraza)

 

 

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