Pase del Nino Parade - Ecuador

Cuenca’s Christmas Eve Pase del Niño parade, or Passing of the Child, is a colorful, often bizarre, mixture of the religious and the profane. It is a festival of thanksgiving and homage that combines Catholic and indigenous traditions and it is a lot of fun.

The procession, of over eight hours, features floats and cars decorated with flowers, fruits and vegetables. Bands, dancers, street performers, stilt-walkers and various Biblical characters take to the streets and a likeness of the infant Jesus is carried through towns and villages. The parade takes place on Christmas Eve but the Pase del Niño celebration begins the first Sunday after Advent and continues until Carnival in March. Besides this celebration, Christmas in Cuenca also features nightly firework shows, concerts and craft sales.

“Pase del Nino Viajero” by Matt Lingard. CC2


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