Not only the local community of Rio Dulce celebrated Independence Day. Everywhere in the marinas the gringo cruisers took part in organised games and fiestas.
The celebrations of Guatemala’s 192 years of Independence from the Spanish Crown in Mario’s Marina started early in the morning on September 15 with a volleyball tournament. Six five-person teams showed up and played for two hours.
The team of Los Invencibles won, of course. Ivo played with the winning team, of course.
Next were games for kids that included throwing water balloons and raw eggs at each other, pinning the tail of the quetzal bird, wet sponge competition and of course, a piñata.
Last, but not least, there was the chicken lottery. Someone brought a frightened chicken and placed it on top of a large cardboard with squares and numbers on it. The participants marked their names on a square of their choice paying 10 quetzales for a square. Then we waited for the chicken to poop on a square and thus determine who would win the lottery. But the chicken was not at all in the mood for pooping. It was so freaked out, it remained petrified and constipated in the middle of the cardboard surrounded by a crowd of people who wouldn’t stop bothering him. Someone tried to lure him with rice, another one gave him a relaxing massage, but nothing worked. Twice the chicken darted out and breached the circle of people absolutely unexpectedly running so fast it took skill to catch him and bring him back. Overall, it was painful to watch. I am sure that the chicken would sue its torturers if he was a gringo chicken with animal rights and had a lawyer, but he wasn’t… At the end the chicken was released his honor intact. He never pooped in public and on demand.