Friday after our siesta we walk down Avenida Civit at about 8pm to Plaza Indepencia, following the parade route the tourism office provided for us. It is not obvious there will be a parade until we are within 2-3 blocks of the plaza where we see more police. According to the official brochure the parade is to start at 8pm and we are in the area two-thirds through the route. Hmmm. We meet a local Mendocino woman with her cooler and younger adult children in tow. She guesses that the parade will arrive around 9pm and recommends we get a table at one of the local restaurants, have a bite to eat and enjoy the parade from there. Sounds like a plan!
We choose La Lucia and settle into a table for two next to the street. We proceed to have a full meal with a bottle of wine, which in Argentina is not a fast experience. The only evidence of a parade is that the street has been closed to traffic and there are more people moving toward the park. William pays our bill and we also walk to the park. Just as we arrive we hear announcers and the first float arrives - but the queens are leaving the floats before we can see them! After that the floats proceed up Avenida Civit, but who cares. We laugh and begin our walk back to the apartment arriving around midnight.
Saturday evening it is very quiet in the downtown area. Everyone is at the Teatro for the big festivities. We have a nice dinner and then go for a walk. In one of the parks some couples are dancing the tango. Delightful.! At 3am we can still hear local Vendimia parties in the neighborhood. Closer to 4am while I am fast asleep William hears the fireworks at a Parque San Martín following the crowning of the Vendimia queen. These people can party!