by Beatrice Murch, 30 July 2012.
The Peruvian community celebrated 191 years of independence from Spain over the weekend with an event on Avenida de Mayo between Chacabuco and Plaza de Mayo. Traditional dancers in colorful dresses twirled down the street to the stage at the base of the Plaza. Ave de Mayo was lined on both side with food vendors and the smells of grilled chicken, freshly fried churros and more tempted hungry passersby to open their wallets and fill their stomachs. Photographer Beatrice Murch was on hand to document a bit of the morning’s festivities.
Viva el Peru proclaims this ribbon on the side of the stand for grilled chicken.
Large bottles of Inca Kola, the bright yellow soda from Peru, are offered for sale in a stand along Avenida de Mayo.
Cakes by Don Beto tempt passersby on an early Sunday morning.
A Porteño checks out a hand-woven blanket for sale.
Sparks fly from the burning coals cooking skewered chicken.
Couples dance a traditional dance in full costume down Avenida de Mayo.
Women proclaim their Peruvian pride with red and white face paint on their cheeks.
The marching band plays the Peruvian national anthem at the base of Plaza de Mayo.
Two Peruvian bikers who custom modified their bikes admire each other's work.
The old traditions and the new media.
Starting old traditions out young.
A young woman poses for the camera during the festivities.