It was a “Good Friday” in La Antigua

All puns aside, it was a very Good Friday yesterday. I maneuvered through the crowds of people towards the Catedral de San José just in time to see the start of the procession at 3:00 pm.

This giant float is being toted around by about 50-75 people. It was the first thing I saw upon enter the Central Park

This giant float is being toted around by about 50-75 people. It was the first thing I saw upon enter the Central Park

People were handing out pamphlets telling which streets to watch the procession. A couple boys were carrying a pole at the front of the procession showing which number corresponded to the pamphlets. The last number was 32 and ended back at the cathedral pictured above. Oh, did I mention this procession went around the entire city for over 7 hours? I imagine the people carrying these giant floats around enjoyed a much deserved rest after all was said and done.

So here are some of the pictures from the daytime procession, followed by evening and night time in the following posts. Enjoy!

I changed locations to get some pictures from La Merced

It was kind of hard to move around the streets a few hours after the procession started since most of the roads were blocked off, but I was able to make my way back to the Central Park and take a little break! See next post: It was a “Good Friday” (Evening) in La Antigua

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It was a “Good Friday” (Evening) in La Antigua

After a few hours of walking around and craziness, I decided I needed a break. I stopped at one of my favorite little coffee shops (Cafe El Portal)  and enjoyed some delicious refreshments!

Two of my three favorite things in the world. The only thing missing was my dear sweetheart Katterine! Still the best Q37 I spent all week though. :)

Two of my three favorite things in the world. The only thing missing was my dear sweetheart Katterine! Still the best Q37 I spent all week though. 🙂

Feeling revitalized, I stopped to see what was happening in the Central Park, as a large crowd had gathered.

Even more revived from the sweet melodies ringing through the air, I looked at my pamphlet and tried to find where the procession had gone. It actually wasn’t overly difficult to find it because people were flocking to where it was going. I just followed the crowd and stuck to less busy streets until I found it (enjoying beautiful street art along the way).

I finally found a street that was just moments ahead of the procession! I set up shop, grabbed a snack from the tienda on the corner and prepared to take more pictures!

Look at all these neat little floats! The big floats were just around the corner!

It was starting to get late at this point, so I decided to head back to the park and enjoy some delicious food. From the pamphlets, the procession would conclude where it started, so I just had to wait for it to come to me. See next post: It was a “Good Friday” (Night) in La Antigua

Maundy Thursday Procession

The procession of Maundy Thursday could be heard for blocks as the marching band refused to yeild! (and do you recall what was revealed? :P)

And for sticking around for all those pictures, here is a bonus picture of this awesome guy riding a white horse.

I asked him "Puedo tomar su foto?" and he stopped, posed and said "Gracias" hehe

I asked him “Puedo tomar su foto?” He stopped, posed, and said “Gracias”
hehe

A whole lot of pictures from Maundy Thursday (Part 2)

Some pictures from inside of the Cathedral of San José

Moving to the Hospital/Church of Hermano Pedro

Onward to the San Francisco Church! Unfortunately, I couldn’t enter because I was wearing shorts and that was against dress code. So I took some pictures from the front door and around the market area.

And all through the town, there are decorations filling the streets!

A whole lot of pictures from Maundy Thursday (Part 1)

After my Maundy Thursday post yesterday, I went around Antigua to enjoy the festivities and take a lot of pictures! I have about 70 some photos, so I’m dividing this into two parts! Without further ado (or words!):

Pictures of the central park and all the people in the streets of Antigua

Checking out the La Merced a few blocks from the Central Park!