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I Love A Parade, Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler, 1932

The annual Christmas parade is a cross between Carnivale and a local talent show.  It seems that there are more people in the parade than watching the parade!  Some bands and dancing groups even come from the main island.  Once the parade is over (of course it begins about 2 hours late) each group appears in front of the Plaza stage for a mini performance.  Bands, baton twirlers, dancers and prominent citizens are introduced.  There is a prayer, the tree is lit, and then fireworks.  The festivities go on until the wee hours, but we head to a quieter spot for a snack and comfort a frightened dog.  Not everyone enjoys fireworks!
Although we are on vacation, we can't help but try to hurry things along on our property.  We are content in knowing that one day we will be owners, but are frustrated that between the realtors and attorney, nothing seems to be progressing. No one knows much, and what is known continually changes.  We keep being reminded that it is a slow process (duh) and it will be worth it in the end.
We visit the Fort Conde de Marisol, located above the town of Isabel.  A beautiful building from the 1800's, totally restored, it is the perfect venue for the art exhibits and interesting array of books.  We enjoy the exhibit of the Valientes - brave people who helped win the island from the US Navy.  From our limited Spanish, we gather the stories are very bitter.  No wonder.
Our last day and we spend it at Sun Bay.  Only 4-6 people on the beach and someone has the nerve to park right next to us!!  Its getting to be that time of year.
Perhaps by this time next year we will be under construction?!!!!

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