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    Posted August 30, 2013 by
    San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Central American Independence Day

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     These photos of an Independence Day parade in Nicaragua were taken by Brad Cordeiro from Los Angeles on September 14, 2009.

    The 31-year-old was in the holiday resort town of San Juan del Sur on the west coast of the country for work as part of the crew for the TV-show Survivor. “Nicaragua doesn't use street names or addresses, they use landmarks to give directions, so this was taken on the road running along the beach in town,” he said.

    “The feel of the parade was of a lot of proud parents watching their kids participate, kind of like going to a school play. The parade consisted entirely of schoolchildren of different ages. The celebration was a week long, and as San Juan del Sur is a resort town people from all over the country came to town, it felt like the whole country was there,” he added.

    The Post Production Supervisor said that he was a bit hesitant about going to Nicaragua as he thought it sounded like a “scary country to visit” but once there he was blown away by how friendly and nice people were and he thinks it’s a “great overlooked place for a vacation”.

    “It was kind of interesting to be at a country's independence parade when they are celebrating their independence from your country as this particular celebration was for the ousting of a US invasion in the mid-19th century,” he added.
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    Schoolchildren march in a parade to celebrate The Battle of San Jacinto, September 14, 2009.

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