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    Posted September 5, 2013 by
    Talanga, Honduras
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Central American Independence Day

    A (Very) Large Family Celebrates Honduras Independence Day


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    Under the blazing-hot midday sun in the small town of Talanga, Honduras, thousands of people take to the dirt roads in the form of a colossal parade to honor the independence day of their beloved homeland. The date is September 15th 2012, and not only in this town are people gathering, but the whole nation is in celebration mode, participating in processions alike in streets all around the country.

    At this specific event that took place about 40 miles north of the nation’s capitol of Tegucigalpa, crowds of onlookers lined the streets as the four-hour procession hosted various groups of participants, the majority of whom were children from local grade schools. They preformed as marching bands, baton twirlers, dancers in formation, and flag bearers while they marched through the center of their rural town. The presentations were well-rehearsed and the variety of outfits spanned the entire color spectrum.

    The specific children featured in these photos participate every year in the town’s parade. Not only do these kids come from the same school, but they actually all come from the same family, too. While they’re not all related, they do consider themselves siblings. Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) is an international organization that provides a permanent family and home for orphaned, abandoned, and other at-risk children who live in conditions of extreme poverty. This family has over 500 children and they live together just 15 miles from Talanga. Here they rehearsed everyday for weeks in advance their intricate dance and drum routines, while also simultaneously designing and sewing together their elaborate parade outfits. So, to say the national holiday was “highly anticipated” is a bit of an understatement. All this excitement came to fruition in one energetic day where the children were proud to honor Honduras in such an upbeat occasion while marching in unison with their hundreds of brothers and sisters.
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