Yesterday was Simon's first Sagala or Santacruzan. He was an escort to our neighbor's cute and witty daughter. The president of the homeowner's assocation invited all kids for this year's Sagala. In our 'lane', most of the neighbors' kids joined in including Simon.
Sagala or Santacruzan or Flores De Mayo is an annual parade held in the month of May in honor of the finding of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. The procession starts with the small angels or young girls bearing the letters of the words "Ave Maria" and ends with the town's Reyna Elena, usually the prettiest of all the participants. Almost every community and town hold this every year so getting caught up in traffic because of the parade is already normal.
I'm proud of my little boy who had shown enthusiasm for this event. Being it a parade, I was concerned that he might want to go home after walking a few blocks. I said that I would not force him to finish the parade at all if his feet were aching or if he did not want to walk anymore. But he was cheery all the way through and seemed to have enjoyed the attention.
Meanwhile, I got busy taking pictures of the beautiful girls in their gowns. Below are some of my favorites. I just took a shot of the gowns instead of the girls. Please click on the collage for a more detailed view.
Aren't these gowns the cutest?