We were given an official invitation to the event which was to take place at 3 p.m.
|Lots of people in the park|
|In solidarity of the out-going mayor Don Lito|
|The table of honor and the new Consejos standing in back of them|
|Ex-mayor Don Lito speaking - far left|
|New mayor Carlos Cruz speaking|
|The crowds more or less listening|
|The symbolic hand-over|
|Putting on of the sash|
|Being ushered off the stage ...|
|Saying good-bye and hello|
|You think Don Lito's wife is looking forward to a quieter life?|
They played a couple of energizing drum and chanting tunes. And there was a young man who sang a rap in honor of the new mayor.
|Carlos and his Consejos|
|The clowns and the drum corp|
But – he didn’t want to accuse or place blame. But the books spoke for themselves.
Carlos also held up his Party Vest - what he wore when out campaigning. He had promised to set it aside - and not just work for those who supported him - he symbolically set it aside to show that he intends to work for all the people of Berlin.
|The "Party" vest being put in the closet.|
And of course, time will tell.
We here at the Pastoral House do NOT participate in party politics. We do NOT financially support any party or candidate (with what money I would ask!!!) – although the ‘rumor’ is from several people that Carlos won because we financially supported him. I would love to know who dreams up these rumors!! Good grief.
Apparently, “all” of Talpetates is mad at us for the support we gave Carlos. Sigh.
So Cecilia and I headed back to the Pastoral House after about an hour. I had wanted the photos of course. And it is always fun (fun?) to hear anyone of importance speak publicly. I managed to attend briefly and get photos from all but one of the mayoral candidate events during the campaign.
The events continued on with a caravan – another tradition – they were getting that organized when Cecilia and I began our walk back to the house. And there was a dance later on. The music was quite loud – who needs to attend when we can ‘enjoy’ the music right in our own back yard. Thankfully I have a fan in my bedroom which rattles quite loudly – so I could cover up the music that went on into the wee hours of the morning.
We woke up to a Tuesday with no obvious signs of ‘change’ – I guess Carlos needs more than a day to make his presence known.
|Lots of police and private security present|
|The confetti being well-enjoyed|
|Sorry ... I always have to have a picture of the babies ...|
|Too cute ... future mayor?? Looks like he is thinking|
|A lot of energy|
|Getting ready for the caravan|
|Loading the babies ... someone on top did end up helping him in|
|The clowns willingly mug for the photo op|
|And let the caravan begin ...|