The holiday festivities were still going strong at noon when I drove downtown to explore. Panama's new President, Juan Carlos Varela, was in the grandstand watching the marching bands and waving to people. Additional bands and other participants are traveling in from surrounding areas, and I expect the parade will continue into the early night hours. It's really an emotional experience to see Panama's school children express their patriotism, and a major reason I never tire of attending the parades.
For great photos taken by Mark Heyer, go to this URL. You won't be sorry !