On Friday night all the orphanage volunteers were invited to a special party to celebrate several of the kids from the girls' orphanage turning 15. I guess the 15th birthday carries some kind of special significance here because it was quite the party! Prior to the event, all 40+ boys spent the afternoon showering and getting dressed. Someone must have donated clothes because every boy had nice shoes, dress pants and a pressed shirt and sport coat…all of which had been individually tailored to fit. While the clothes weren't exactly the latest style (many kids looked out of the 70s!), they certainly cleaned up nicely.
The party started at 6p at the Hotel Cusco…which is less of a hotel and more a banquet hall. Each girl was announced and escorted by a boy in uniform. A mariachi band showed up and performed and there was dancing and ceremony, while all the other kids watched. Everyone was amazingly well behaved! Supposedly dinner, cake and champagne were going to be served, but after 2 hours Lucas and Sydney started getting a little anxious so we left before the party ended, but we got several pictures while we were there. Here are a few and the rest are posted to Flickr: