Photo Essay: The Lempira Day Parade in Gracias de Dios, Honduras

Gracias de Dios is the center of the land of the Lenca, the largest indigenous group in Honduras. Their most revered leader was Chief Lempira who, in the 1500s, managed to hold off invading Spanish forces. Though Lempira was ultimately killed by the conquistadors, he is celebrated every July 20 on what’s known as Lempira Day. The normally sleepy town of Gracias hosts the biggest celebration of them all with a three-hour Lempira Day Parade, air force fly overs, and fireworks.

Lempira Day Parade - Gracias, Honduras

Celebrating the annual Lempira Festival in Gracias, Honduras.

Lempira Day Parade - Gracias, Honduras

Celebrating the annual Lempira Festival in Gracias, Honduras.

Lempira Day Parade - Gracias, Honduras

Celebrating the annual Lempira Festival in Gracias, Honduras.

Lempira Day Parade - Gracias, Honduras

Celebrating the annual Lempira Festival in Gracias, Honduras.

Lempira Day Parade - Gracias, Honduras

Celebrating the annual Lempira Festival in Gracias, Honduras.

dancers Lempira Day Parade - Gracias, Honduras

Celebrating the annual Lempira Festival in Gracias, Honduras.

chief Lempira Day Parade - Gracias, Honduras

Celebrating the annual Lempira Festival in Gracias, Honduras.

Lempira Day Parade - Gracias, Honduras

Celebrating the annual Lempira Festival in Gracias, Honduras.

Lempira Day Parade - Gracias, Honduras

Celebrating the annual Lempira Festival in Gracias, Honduras.

Lempira Day Parade - Gracias, Honduras

Celebrating the annual Lempira Festival in Gracias, Honduras.

Lempira Day Parade - Gracias, Honduras

Celebrating the annual Lempira Festival in Gracias, Honduras.

For more about Lempira Day and other reasons to visit this part of Honduras, check out our travel story about Gracias for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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6 Comments

  1. Erica May 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Cutest costumes ever!

  2. Ali May 17, 2012 at 4:38 am - Reply

    Some of those kids look so cute in those costumes! I especially like the money dress.

  3. Christy May 17, 2012 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Great photos! It looks like you guys are having a great time.

  4. Beautiful photos! You really captured some great expressions and emotions of the children. I was unaware of this celebration and its significance. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jade Johnston - OurOyster.com May 24, 2012 at 4:16 am - Reply

    Wow so cute! You must have had a killer awesome spot for the parade to get such awesome shots!

  6. Turtle June 9, 2012 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Love the faces! The expressions say so much!

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