Today was the day for the Cabalgata de David (i.e. the David Horse Parade). There were between 2,000 and 3,000 horsed in the parade. As with all parades, this has a big turnout. I think as much as anything the people come to see their friends and family as well as the horses. This is quite a calibration with Carta Vieja Rum and Atlas beer being given out to the riders. Small bottles of the Carta Viejo rum were also thrown out to the crowd along with candy for the young ones.
I parked in El Rey because I knew I would not be able to park along the parade route. The horses and riders were gathering in the field behind the Super Baru.
I positioned myself under some trees and the photos could have come out a little better if I had been on the other side of the road.
This little gent had a high position to watch the parade from.
This is his sister wearing a genuine Texas cowboy hat. She had to stand along the street just like me.
Here are a few photos from the parade.
I think this was the youngest rider in the parade.
The Panama National Police were bringing up the rear.
These fellows were cleaning up from the rears.
This is where the horses all started from. Looks pretty empty except from some of the trash that was left.
Here is a video to give you a taste of what it was like being there.
Hope you had fun. I did, The Chiriqui Chatter Photo Album has a larger set of photos of the parade here.