Honduras Independence Day Parade
Pequeños participate in local parade celebrating Honduran Independence Day.
October 17, 2017 - Honduras
September 15th marks the day of independence in Honduras and the country loves to celebrate it. For Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™ Honduras, this means participating in the grand “desfile” (parade), a day before in the nearby town of Talanga.
Secondary schools from surrounding communities flooded into town to march in the parade and showcase their accomplishments from the past year. The parade was a smashing success, but NPH Honduras would not have shined nearly as brightly if not for the hard work of many before the festivities.
With over 30 pequeños and external students playing in the band, the parade was a lot to organize.
“Of course, it can be difficult to have them practicing the songs here in preparation, but at the end of the day, they all take it seriously,” explained an NPH teacher and the school's acting band director.
“Not many people want to play the drums as you have to carry them around all of the time and they are pretty big, but I enjoy playing with the rhythm section during mass, so I volunteered,” explained Guillermo*.
While the band was the loudest of the participants in the parade, they were not marching alone. Every pequeño from the smallest Suyapans (youngest NPH children) to the older youth with disabilities helped make the show a success.
“We have all of the flags of Central America here, but I have Honduras, so I get to be in front” explained Higinio* during a slower point in the parade.
Marching with the ensemble were some children reenacting historical and present national figures.
“I look the most like the current present, so they dressed me up like this, I thought it was corny at first, but when you get over the initial weirdness it is pretty fun!” explained Kerby* in the oldest boys’ home.
In addition to displays of national pride, the parade was also a chance to highlight what makes our school so unique.
“We wanted to show how we incorporate the values of Padre Wasson into the schooling system. His commitment to unconditional love means a lot to us and we try to live by this when educating the children,” explained the staff librarian Prof. Yolani.
The children paraded past local and national dignitaries in Talanga, including the city’s mayor. Speakers highlighted the great work done by NPH Honduras supporting the children of the local community.
“Thank you, teachers, volunteers, staff and particularly the children for making NPH such a hopeful place for our community,” said the keynote speaker while the last of the NPH group passed by ending the ceremony.
*Names changed for privacy.