As we made our way from Granada to San Juan del Sur we passed bus load after bus load of FSLN (Sandinista National Liberation Front) supporters en route to Managua.
Every year on July 19th thousands of people from all over the country gather at Plaza La Fe in Managua to commemorate this historical event.
It’s 4 pm on October 31st in San Juan del Sur. Yes, that’s right – it’s Halloween.
Local and expat children walk door-to-door to designated businesses collecting candy. Meanwhile truckloads, busloads and carloads of Sandinistas proudly wave their red and black flags in support of Daniel Ortega.
The music is loud. The energy is high.
FSLN (Sandinista National Liberation Front) theme songs, that oddly enough, have been remade to the rhythm of popular American classics blast from huge speakers. It’s an all out party for these members of the FSLN as they prepare for the upcoming municipal election.
Along the malecon tents and stacks of Tona (local beer) are setup around a giant stage. All of this in support of (and paid for) by the FSLN.
I kind of feel like I’m at an NFL Tailgate Party, except for one glaring difference. At this event there is only one team.