Panama is one of the few countries in the world that celebrates three independence dates. The first one was on November 28, 1821. On this date, Panama celebrates its independence from Spain, along with several other South American nations. On November 3, 1903, Panama celebrates is independence from Colombia with the helping hand of the United States who was interested in signing a treaty with Panama to build a canal in the isthmus. Finally, on September 7, 1977, Panama celebrates its independence from the United States. On this date, General Omar Torrijos and Jimmy Carter signed the Panama Canal Treaty which relinquished full jurisdiction of the Panama Canal Zone to the Republic of Panama. After this date, Panama regained full control of all its territory. At last Panama was a fully independent country capable of carving its own destiny.
November is the month of the motherland. During this patriotic month, there are echoes of bugles and drums from the Costa Rican to the Colombian border. Thousands of students put on their best uniforms to participate in solemn parades in all the corners of the isthmus.
On November 3rd I went out with my wife to Via España to view the parade and capture the patriotic atmosphere of the day. It was raining on and off. But the parade was on and the students were determined to show their marching skills. It was a wonderful scenario full of music and bright colors everywhere.
Taking pictures of moving subjects was hard for me. Most of the time I take pictures of still subjects, as you well know. The day was wet and dark which made things more difficult. However, some pictures captured the essence of what was going on. Due to the numerous pictures taken, I will post them in four different days, in effort to avoid displaying an excessive amount of pictures in just one article.
Below is the first batch consisting of seven photographs of the Third of November Parade at Via España. Here we go.
This is the first set of seven photographs of the November 3rd. parade. Tomorrow I will include the second set until a total of twenty-eight pictures are posted. I feel that these sets of pictures will give you a more rounded picture of our country. I’ll be waiting for you tomorrow. Until then, Good Day.