As a gringo this is not a type of event I get much opportunity to attend, so when the family across the street invited us we were pretty psyched. They are great folks, big family, friendly, etc. Not much English, and my Spanish is poor but we managed to communicate OK.
We watched them getting ready in the morning, doing photos, video, etc. before they got into the limousine for a more formal photo/video shoot. The actual fiesta didn't begin until later in the evening.
We arrived in time to partake of some great food: carnitas, ensaladas and all the fixin's, to the tune of a loud DJ. Soon it was time for a small ceremony for the quinceañera herself, accompanied by her chambelanes in a kind of dance/serenade thing. Family members and friends approached to dance with the quinceañera throughout.
Then things kind of died down and the banda took the stage. Wow! Raucous! Everybody got up to dance with plenty of hooting and hollering, making one heck of a racket. It was grand -- horns, Sousaphone, drums, and loud! My daughters were first a bit scared of the loud music, but soon got in on the dancing and celebration. Their blond hair made them stick out like sore thumbs but no one seemed to care, we were all having a good time.
We left well before it ended; our daughters were getting worn pretty thin and we had to concede that we simply couldn't party as hard as we used to All in all, it was a very fun time, one of those cool "cultural exchange" things that I hope we will get an opportunity to do again some time.
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