Three years ago a bit before Carnaval, groups came to Santiago from the province of Ourense. Ourense is famous for the extravagent costumes they use for Carnaval. I should have made the video then but didn’t. Then the other day, the groups came to Santiago again. I took videos which I did not use but which energized me to make the video at long last.
When I saw the headdresses the men were wearing, I thought they were inspired by the South American Indians. It turns out to be the reverse. A short time after the parade, I was in Patzcuaro, Mexico. The guide was showing me some paintings of the indigenous people in 1500. I said, “This is where the headdresses come from.” He said the Spaniards brought these with them and we adopted them. I was surprised especially since Ourense is an inland province. Even before all the advances in telecommunications, culture was being carried half way around the world.
The night time event is a local Santiago custom. As you can see from the images everyone is enjoying themselves.