Fiesta DC 2012

Taking photos at Fiesta DC this past Sunday was a challenge for a number of reasons, but one of those reasons was the sheer number of other people trying to photograph and video tape the event. At times I felt like I was in a group of paparazzi fighting for position – and then when I would finally frame the perfect shot, someone would inevitably ruin it by running across with a video camera or sticking their iPhone in front of me.

Some of the people were amateur or hobbyist photographers like me, some were obviously freelance professionals or working for media – And then there were young males, usually equipped with cellphone cameras, who were just trying to photograph the nalgas of the cachiporras to share on their Facebook.

Anyway, here are my favorite shots which I had some fun editing and a video of the general atmosphere.

By the way, speaking of nalgas, at one point during the parade a woman with a very generous backside stood in front of us. Carlos, to his credit, didn’t even seem to notice despite the fact that her “pants” were actually leggings and you could see her thong through the fabric.

“¡Qué bárbara!” a little old man said. The old man, not content to enjoy the view by himself and feeling the need to share, elbowed Carlos. Jutting his chin towards the woman in front of them he said, with a lascivious expression on his face, “Ella es Santa Bárbara, ¿vá?”

Carlos looked confused, “Oh, ¿sí?” he replied.
“Ssssíííííí,” the viejo hissed appraising the woman’s behind, practically licking his lips. Noting the fact that Carlos didn’t understand what he meant, the viejo then asked, “¿No sabes?”

“¿No?” Carlos said, the question on his face.

I rolled my eyes at the predictable dirty old man.

“¡Es santa por delante y bárbara por atrás!” the viejo said, erupting in laughter as if he had said the most clever and original thing in the world.

Carlos laughed politely and I pinched him.

“What?” Carlos said.
“Stand back here, away from the viejo chuco,” I said.

After the parade we had lunch. I wanted pupusas but Carlos made a good point that we eat pupusas all the time and that we should eat something different, so we ended up buying delicious Mexican tortas. (The boys and I had the torta milanesa de pollo with horchata. Carlos had the torta de carnitas with agua fresca de tamarindo.)

Just as we finished eating and were deciding what to do next, I heard “Los Hermanos Lovo” announced on a nearby stage.

“No way!” I said out loud, “Hermanos Lovo!”

Carlos looked at me like I had lost my mind as I pulled his hand in the direction of the stage.

“It’s the Chanchona music I blogged about. Remember?… Hermanos Lovo!”

For three songs I tapped my hand against my side, tapped my feet, and moved my hips, waiting for people to dance, but only a few people were dancing, and they were getting stared at. Everyone else just pretty much stood there and watched the performance. I found this a little strange given that at most Latino dominant events I’ve been too, there’s usually not a lack of dancing. I wonder if most of the people there have become too Americanized in this respect? Too self-conscious?

I couldn’t take it anymore. I leaned toward Carlos and he leaned toward me so he could hear me.

“Want to dance?” I asked, eyes brimming with hope like a child asking for a puppy.

Carlos said nothing, just turned toward me and took me in his arms, and we danced.

Within seconds much of the crowd had turned to look at us and stood gaping. Carlos whispered in my ear, “We’re being photographed and video taped.” I felt a flood of gringa self-consciousness wash through me but we kept dancing, and soon, the people around us, were just a blur of colors.

Posted on September 26, 2012, in amor, celebration, celebrity, Corazón, Culture, el macho, Entertainment, Familia, humor, Latinidad, música, Salvadoreños and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Mis respetos Tracy y a tu esposo por aventarse a bailar a pesar de todo! He disfrutado mucho leyendo el recuento de los hechos y viendo las fotos!.
    Talvez y el proximo año sea yo tomando unas cuantas tambien!

  2. tracy…..the ‘dirty old man’ am sure was either cuban… or from another island….. en el salvador….we don’t say that….that’s from the carribean…am for sure on that …. and don’t worry about the rest of the hispanic community in d.c. ….they know we mix with other cultures….hence, living in the states….hispanics ….don’t just stick with getting together with hispanics….although that’s what’s asked for…the heart does not know culture…language..nor religion …… nada mas lo hacen por chismeaer…..and at the end…they’ll be like….but they looked good together…..and she seems to be involved…and blah…blah…blah…. las cachiporristas…. not that cute…..but ….men being men….go after even a broom with a skirt on…..my point on the cachiporristas….susy

    • Susy, I was wondering why Carlos didn’t know that dicho/piropo – that would make sense that the man wasn’t Salvadoran. I first learned of that saying from a Cuban.

      Thanks for your comment. Always good to hear your thoughts :)

  3. I love love love the pictures. My favorite is the dancing women. Thanks for sharing them. Amateur you are not!

  4. Beautiful photos and great writing as usual! :)

  5. Great shots, Tracy! But mostly, I love that you and Carlos still have fun dancing together. So sweet!

  6. Aw, I think it’s great that you two danced! Great pictures — thanks for sharing!

  7. “Dance like there’s no one watching.”

    I love, Love, LOVE that he danced with you! That Carlos! He’s pretty awesome!

    The pictures are gorgeous! I love the one with the ladies in blue…beautiful!

  8. He, he. I can imagine Carlos face when you gave him a pellizco. Love the pictures and that you got to dance in the middle of the street. Very romantic! Thanks for sharing…

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