Cusco. Main Square. Friday June 7th around 10 am.
The sound of the trombones, horns, cymbals and drums is so loud that you can hear the music from one block away. Men and women of different ages and sizes, even children, dance wearing colorful costumes trying to have the same rhythm and pace.
The wooden andas, a kind of table on which images of saints and virgins stand, are carried by men and boys. Their bouncing walk and the expressions on their faces tell how heavy they should be.
The music and dancing will continue as the saints and virgins come back to their own churches after a week of being at the Cathedral celebrating the religious feast of Corpus Christi. This comeback happens eight days after the main procession; thus that day is known as “la Octava“.
The main procession was held last Thursday May 30th so some saints and virgins came back to their churches yesterday. However, some stayed at the Cathedral one more day and that gave us the unexpected chance to enjoy the dancing and music today.
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