Be Part of a Real Gaucho Parade and Rodeo in Uruguay
It was the first of March. We wanted to take horses up for a picnic in the nearby Uruguayan highlands. But the extremely nice people at the Hotel Garzon apologized, but said in clipped-English,”I’m sorry but normally we accommodate your request, but today all the horses in town are taken for the parade.” “What parade?” “Today is our Carnival, when all the gauchos come to town for a parade and then a festa out in the fields.” “Perfect!.” As my brother Mike said once in New Orleans,”Just when you think you’re having fun…along comes a parade!” And here we were. After a nice long lunch with friends from Montevideo, we simply walked outside to watch the dozens of gauchos and gauchesses, dressed in their finest, clomp through the dirt streets of downtown Garzon, then head out to the rodeo grounds.