By , October 10, 2011 10:58 am

When Mike and I found out that there was a parade of beauty queens for La Feria Internacional de Independencia in Quetzaltenango (Xela) we knew we had to check it out.

This girl had the smile and wave down

I was expecting maybe twenty or so beauty queens… I mean, if they have their own parade, there must be a lot of them, right?  Well…

So cute…

There were actually about 105 beauty queens by my count.  Oh, and one beauty king (though his sash looked a little handmade, so he may not have been legit).

One of the Miss Mayas with a handsome little escort

It took an hour and a half for them to pass by.  All I can say is I’m glad I wasn’t at the pageant where they were crowned… can you imagine how long that would take?

Besides the titles of Miss Quetzaltenango, Little Miss Quetzaltenango, Miss Maya, and Little Miss Maya, there were representatives from other departments of Guatemala and other Central American countries as well.

My favourite titles?  Without a doubt, Miss Municipal Employee and Miss Female Prisoner.

You can’t always have a smile on your face…

Three Little Miss Somethings

2 Responses to “The Parade of Beauty Queens”

  1. Florent says:

    Very nice pictures! Not so sure if the very young misses enjoy to sit like that for hours.

    • Mike Lenzen says:

      I’m not sure either, some of them looked downright grumpy to be there. In some cases it was even more noticeable amongst the full grown misses once they had given up on their fake smile and queen wave.

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