La Boca Street Festival
Trip Start Apr 15, 2009
22Trip End Jun 17, 2009
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Today, this neighborhood is called La Boca, literally "the mouth," and is still a poor and colorful neighborhood. However, one small street has achieved the success that the original immigrants were looking for. Caminito, again literally "little street," is the namesake of one of the most famous Tango songs. This, combined with its quaint and colorful buildings, has made Caminito a tourist attraction.
Each Saturday and Sunday, Caminito and a couple of nearby streets are filled with vendors selling handicrafts and art, and hundreds of visitors. Tables from restaurants spill out into the streets, adding to the festive atmosphere. Two restaurants in particular compete for business by presenting dance performances for their patrons. Interestingly, the dancers perform not only the ubiquitous tango, but also traditional dances from the country's gaucho past.
Barbara has made a short video that captures some of the fun of the La Boca street festival. The video is posted at http://www.vimeo.com/4583380
More footage of the three gaucho dancers are at http://www.vimeo.com/4583441 and http://www.vimeo.com/4583466