Happy 128th Birthday, Necochea!

October 12th marks not only El Día de la Raza, a day to celebrate Hispanic heritage and Columbus' discovery of the Americas, but it's also the city of Necochea's birthday! In 1881, Ángel Murga founded Necochea, a city of some 75,000 inhabitants located on the Atlantic coast in the province of Buenos Aires.

Happy Birthday, Necochea! by katiemetz, on Flickr[That guy on the horse hanging out in the back happens to be the city's namesake, General Mariano Necochea. His statue is located in the city's main square, Plaza Dardo Rocha.]

The festivities to celebrate the founding of the city stretch over three days and include musical entertainment, activities for children, food, stalls with arts and crafts by local artisans, and more food. Did I mention there's food?

Asado de Chancho by katiemetz, on Flickr[Whole pigs are being roasted as part of the asado popular, a huge community barbecue organized by the city.]

Los Asadores by katiemetz, on Flickr [The art of the asado is not to be rushed. These two asadores (barbecue pit masters) are passing the time with a cigarette and some mate while they keep a watchful eye on the piggies above.]

Come Hungry by katiemetz, on Flickr [Beef rules the day over in this corner of the celebration. The smoke and aromas that waft through the air whet the appetite (and make my eyes water).]

La Pochoclera by katiemetz, on Flickr [A pochoclera selling peanuts, popcorn, and cotton candy, plus some kind of snack that bears an odd resemblance to Fruit Loops!]

Churros y Roscas | Churros and Doughnuts by katiemetz, on Flickr [Just in case you aren't gut-bustingly full after gorging on barbecued meat, here we have some churros and doughnuts. You're practically assaulted at every turn by a choripán (grilled sausage sandwich), a slice of homemade cake, or an empanada. Thank God photos are fat-free.]

Argentine Folkloric Music Performance by katiemetz, on Flickr [One of the many folkloric music performances (this is the part where you use your imagination since I didn't take any video).]

I was looking forward to watching the destreza criolla (a display of gaucho skills and horsemanship akin to a rodeo), yet somehow I managed to miss it. The paisanos in their traditional garb always make for a good photo op, don't you think? Well, there's always next year.

Dos Criollos by katiemetz, on Flickr [A photo of two criollos that I snapped at last year's celebration]

Happy birthday to my adopted home of Necochea!

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