Each morning during my last visit, the sounds of morning reveille drifted in from over the wall our house. Yes, reveille, like in the Army. A rousing drum-and-bugle bit that lasts about 20 minutes to a half an hour, meant to energize the troops.
At first, I thought a wacky neighbor had a novelty alarm clock. But it was real, and around the corner, where the municipal police are stationed. Our host said that they were probably rehearsing for a parade or ceremony that day, but this went on the entire week. The bugler had obviously been practicing and had improved, our host commented.
The second or third day this happened, I finished my coffee and marched over there (I can’t just walk when military music is playing) to take a picture of this approaching army. It was the first time I had dared to leave the house in shorts and flip flops.
There the police were, in the police station courtyard, all lined up in formation like the French Foreign Legion. From the street, I could see a bugle, and bunch of drums, but I couldn’t tell from my vantage point if there was a majorette twirling a baton. On the streets, trucks were lined up and officers were jumping on and heading out to their appointed rounds. Citizens walked on by like nothing special was happening.
They wouldn’t let me take pictures, so once again I’m resorting to Google Street Maps imagery. Sadly, the Google camera truck missed the procession. If you want a free show around 7:15, and you’re in the Mejorada area, be sure to go for the morning spectacle, but leave your camera in your pocket or purse.