Friday, April 9, 2010

Exclusive Video from Senegal's 50th Anniversary Parade in Dakar

(POSTED BY SEAN)
I was lucky to be in Dakar on Sunday April 4th, when Senegal celebrated its 50th Anniversary of Independence. They told me Independence Days were usually when the army, police, gendarmes and navy brass bands got to show their stuff. And this day was no different. I love brass bands so I was happy. Then the planes buzzed overhead and the sabar groups performed their polyrhythmic fury. Presiding over the whole scene was President Abdoulaye Wade and eight African heads of state. I slipped out of the security perimeter and enjoyed hanging out on the street corner where the just plain folks enjoyed their holiday.


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MARCHING BAND #1

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MARCHING BAND #2

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STUDENTS MARCHING

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MILITARY MARCHING

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SABAR BAND AND YOUNGSTERS DANCING

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STREET CORNER ON PARADE DAY

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PARADE-GOERS WAVE GOODBYE
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