Monday, August 18, 2008

Fete de l'independance

These pictures are from the Independence Day celebration in Libreville. This wasn't the big celebration becuase each year they hold the big parade in a different part of the country, so the president and prime minister and foreign diplomats weren't at the event that we were at, but what we got to see was still pretty cool. Landry's dad works for the government, so he got us invitations so that we could sit in the stadium seats under cover instead of standing on the side of the street, which was really nice because it turned out to be a REALLY hot day. There is a lot more military involved in parades over here, but as you can see from the pictures it seems parades all over the world include fire trucks! There's also a picture of a small group of people holding a banner for the Beninoise community in Gabon, so you know I had to take a picture. There's also a picture of me in front of the slavery memorial on the beach in Libreville. Similar in idea to the monuments in Ouidah, Benin, but on a much smaller scale tourism wise.

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