Fiesta de la Virgen de las Mercedes en Cuenca, Ecuador
La Fiesta de la Virgen de las Mercedes (festival of the Virgin of Mercy or Our Lady of Mercy) is a religious festival held throughout South America. After a Mass at Iglesia de la Merced in Cuenca, worshipers carried a statue of the Virgin, complete with human hair and decorated with garlands, through the streets. People tossed rose petals at her and sang a religious song along with the town band. The procession was accompanied and followed by lots of fireworks (a few right behind me, in the case of the second clip).