Last night, we went to a fiesta of La Virgin de Asunciòn. It was held at the end of a block, in the street Los Olivos. There was a live band and they put on a free concert. O. and I funded the construction of one of three vaca loca costumes. The vaca loca is a painted paper machè cow (ours was a gray beauty with big dreamy eyes and elegantly painted blue horns), hollow in the middle, large enough for a man to put over his head and shoulders, and strung up with pinwheels of spark-throwing fireworks. Traditional Peruvian music plays and the man puts the cow over his upper body and someone lights the fuse. The cow dances to the music and the sparkling pinwheels light and shoot off 2 at a time. It's great fun and the fireworks are handled by professionals, so it's fairly safe, too. We stayed long enough to watch our cow dance and another of the paper machè Holstein variety, and a tower of pinwheels and sparklers light up. It wasn't long before the whole neighborhood was out to dance in the street and enjoy the crazy dancing cows. I tried to get a photo of the cows dancing, but the fireworks were too bright and all I got was a big yellow flash on the picture. Wah. In spite of the lack of photos, the fiesta was great!
anyway, since I have no photos to post, I thought I'd share this little cutie,
and a "vaca loca" film clip: