Today we celebrated Independance Day in C.A.R. There was a parade, complete with many many many marching school children, clowns dressed up as pillow padded beggars acting drunk and dancing lewdly, our hospital crew dressed in scrubs on top of a truck performing a C-section on a mannekin – they delivered a baby complete with placenta to the cheers of the crowd. Boy, was that a hit! There was a karate club, a young girls’ dancing club, and a bunch of motorcyclists that performed along the way. The ag project led by Roy in his golf cart, came along with bizarre fruits and nuts and flowers to present to the mayor and governor etc. In the absence of bands, the parade marched to the accompaniment of a bugle (the man in the white shirt in the background of the photo) and a few drums. You can see one drum player next to the man with the bugle. It was long, but fun to watch once the actual parade got under way.