The Captivating Faces of the Famous June Fiesta in Pujilí

Three days of Corpus Christi parades in Pujilí, thousands of participants, all dancing along the streets in their colourful costumes. Yet often it was difficult to focus on a single captivating face in the moving crowd. Many of the groups were tightly packed and, since I had chosen a wide lens to capture the groups on the street, I couldn’t really zoom in. And the pace was often just too fast to focus the camera properly. In this follow-up gallery, we present some of the best close-ups I photographed during the fiesta.

Here's a gallery depicting some of the captivating faces we encountered, during the famous Corpus Christi fiesta in Pujilí, to compliment our first post.

Here’s a gallery depicting some of the captivating faces we encountered, during the famous Corpus Christi fiesta in Pujilí, to compliment our first post.

The Friday parade was made up of local education institutions, so there were kids of all ages – from tiny toddlers to teenagers to young adults. It was quite amazing to watch the dedication, which many of these youngsters displayed. We were particularly impressed by some of the young boys, often not older than 6 to 8, trying to balance one of the large head pieces (the crowns) of el Danzante and, at the same time, keeping pace with the moving group in the typical dance rhythm.

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Saturday’s parade consisted of invited groups from all over Ecuador, and some from the neighbouring countries. These were often led by the youngest, followed by some dignitaries and musicians, and then the main performers. What stood out the most on Saturday was the variety of costumes, colours, and dance styles.

A tough (and proud) little Danzante
Fiesta in Pujilí: I think his head piece was nearly as tall as he was – without the bowler hat.

Fiesta in Pujilí: I think his head piece was nearly as tall as he was – without the bowler hat.

Here he is again, earlier in Sunday’s parade.
Corpus Christi in Pujilí: despite the smiles somehow the mood in Sunday's parade was a little more sombre.

Corpus Christi in Pujilí: despite the smiles somehow the mood in Sunday’s parade was a little more sombre.

 

To get any close-ups on Saturday I had to squeeze in between the moving rows, focus on one person, and at the same time walk carefully backwards to keep pace with their performance – quite a task. At one stage, while trying to get a photo of a group of elderly men playing the typical drum and flute, I was almost run down by a wild guy on a horse, galloping down the street – much to the amusement of the watching crowd (but not mine)…

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The parade on Sunday was a different affair again: this was the main day for the indigenous people from the canton of Pujilí. The day presented a bit slower pace; maybe because everybody was a little tired from the previous full days and nights, or maybe because more alcohol was handed around. The costumes were as colourful but often less elaborate and some didn’t look as new. The overall spirit was again quite celebratory. This day was focussed on thanksgiving, so many of the older people carried fruit and handed some as gifts to the spectators.

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We have published another gallery, with just as many photos, showing more of the dance performances of the 3 days of the famous Corpus Christi fiesta in June. In that post we also explain a little more about the background and historic importance of this unique festival in Ecuador .
 
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Every year in June the small town of Pujilí in Ecuador celebrates Corpus Christi. The tradition of this fiesta goes back to indigenous festivities. The event finishes with three days of colourful dance parades. Hardly any tourists seem to know about this captivating event. Here are some photos of various participants.

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Juergen

webmaster, main photographer & driver, second cook and only husband at dare2go.com. Freelance web designer with 20 years of experience at webbeetle.com.au

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2 Responses

  1. Dieter Butow says:

    I like your blog. You seems to be in Ecuador at present. On our side we are returning to South america at the end of August to do Pantanal and Patagonia until March next year. Any chance of meeting or are you on your way to Colombia?

    • Juergen says:

      Hi, Dieter!
      Sorry to write, but yes: we are on our way north and plan to ship from Colombia back to Europe – around March 2018. It would have been fun meeting… Enjoy Brazil – we did!

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