Photos of House of Peru’s celebration in Balboa Park.

Beauty queens and dancers in colorful dresses watch the House of Peru lawn program in Balboa Park.
Beauty queens and dancers in colorful dresses watch the House of Peru lawn program in San Diego’s Balboa Park.

I took some photos this afternoon in Balboa Park of the House of Peru’s lawn program. In these photographs you’ll see genuine joy. I felt it.

Like many other nations, Peru is a member of the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, located near the heart of beautiful Balboa Park. The special event today coincided with Peru’s Fiestas Patrias, a holiday that celebrates Peru gaining independence from the Spanish Empire.

I hung around for a bit, absorbing all the life.  I then meandered on through the green, sun-filled park. I did a lot of sitting on shady benches. I did my best to conjure up a new short story idea for my fiction blog Short Stories by Richard. I also took a peek at the Orchid Show in the Casa del Prado. I’ll blog about that in a day or two on one of my other photo blogs, Beautiful Balboa Park.

The House of Pacific Relations' lawn program today among the International Cottages featured the House of Peru. Peru is celebrating its Fiestas Patrias.
The House of Pacific Relations’ lawn program today among the International Cottages featured the House of Peru. Peru is celebrating its Fiestas Patrias.
Many Peruvian products were on display and for sale in tents around the grassy lawn.
Many Peruvian products were on display and for sale in tents around the grassy lawn.
I was told the sweaters, mittens and other woven goods were made in Peru.
I was told the sweaters, mittens and other woven goods were made in Peru.
There was a lot of favorite Peruvian food, including marcianos (fruit pops) and Chicha morada (a sweet Peruvian beverage made from purple corn).
There was a lot of favorite Peruvian food, including marcianos (fruit pops) and Chicha morada (a sweet Peruvian beverage made from purple corn).
A huge crowd assembled for Peru's celebration of its independence from the Spanish Empire. The lawn program would include speeches, music and dancing.
A huge crowd assembled for the celebration of Peru’s independence from the Spanish Empire. The lawn program would include speeches, music and dancing.
Color guard from Coronado High School's JROTC program. Photo taken minutes before the event opened with national anthems from both the United States and Peru.
Color guard from Coronado High School’s JROTC program. Photo taken minutes before the event opened with national anthems from both the United States and Peru.
Hearty greetings were offered to everyone attending. Many in the audience had roots in Peru. A mural backdrop depicts Machu Picchu.
Hearty greetings were offered to everyone attending. Many in the audience had roots in Peru. The mural backdrop depicts Machu Picchu.
After a few speeches, the lawn program featured stirring Peruvian music.
After a few speeches, the lawn program featured stirring Peruvian music.
The music was so lively and happy, some people from the audience were soon dancing on the stage!
The music was so lively and happy, some people from the audience were soon dancing on the stage!
I plainly see that in Peru there's a deep love of life!
I plainly see that in Peru there’s a deep love of life!
Costumed dancers, young and old, practice off-stage during the festive House of Peru lawn program in Balboa Park.
Costumed dancers, young and old, practice off-stage during the festive House of Peru lawn program in Balboa Park.

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5 thoughts on “Photos of House of Peru’s celebration in Balboa Park.”

  1. Such synchronicity, I’m just back from a holiday-Monday stint at the AGO where I spent time talking with a couple from Peru, happy to use my Spanish & talk with them about the country where I (long ago) lived for a full year. I was delighted with your reference to chicha morada, a drink I loved while living there & have not encountered here. Did you also treat yourself to some alfajores? Another favourite of mine, I think common to other Latin American countries & (I am happy to say) available here. Now I must explore your other blog. Who knew?

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    1. What was it like to live in Peru? That must’ve been an adventure! I didn’t have any chicha morada or any other food because I’ve been having obnoxious tummy problems for several days now. One of these days I will! Funny how our blogs weirdly coincide at times–I remember the graffiti artist Persue from a couple months back!

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      1. I know, several blog coincidences by now. Peru was long ago, I was a CUSO volunteer in the very early days of the program (think of your Peace Corps, also early days), initially in the High Selva helping establish a community radio station, later in Lima. Long before cocainistas & current politics…

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