Besides being the Independence from Spain Holiday, it is also the day that recognizes the firemen of David. This could be true all over Panama, but I do not know that. I heard yesterday that there was going to be the annual Parade of the Firemen in the evening. Since I had never seen it, I decided to head down to the center of town.
I got there about 8:00 PM and I could not believe the crowd. This was obviously a bigger deal than I had thought it was. Hundreds of people lined the streets awaiting the parade to begin. Here are a couple of photos of the growing crowd.
Notice the little boy in his Santa hat.
It is now about 8:45 PM and the first of the parade has reached the downtown area.
At this point I took a video because the band was approaching.
Here are a few more photos. After the last photo, I headed back to my car to avoid the rush. Panamanians will turn out for any parade at any time of day.
It is nice to see a parade that’s sole purpose is to recognize those that risk their lives for others. All David Firemen – Chiriquí Chatter and all of David salutes you!