LA PAZ – Thousands of people turned out this weekend for a huge parade organized for the third year in a row to bring the Christmas spirit to Bolivia’s capital city of La Paz.
The parade “gives hope, it doesn’t give material gifts,” providing “values and moments of joy,” La Paz Mayor Luis Revilla told EFE.
The parade, which wound its way through La Paz’s streets on Saturday, blended traditional indigenous culture and commercialism.
Musicians played Andean instruments to honor the baby Jesus, while other parade participants dressed as characters from Hollywood films thrilled children.
The 72 groups marching in the parade were accompanied by Santa Claus, snowmen and famous characters from books and film, including the Grinch, bringing smiles to the thousands of children who stood along the route.
About 6,000 people, or nearly double the number in 2016, marched in the parade, organizers said.
The holiday event drew about 300,000 people from across the capital, which has a population of nearly 800,000, Revilla said.