On May 14th, the night before the official independence day, the downtown area was completely filled with people celebrating together. Many government buildings were lit up for the festivities and were absolutely beautiful. Different stages were set up in the various plazas where music was being played or demonstrations of Paraguayan crafts, and even a light/video show on the Presidential palace. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the night.
The harp is one of Paraguay's traditional instruments. This was a beautiful concert of harp students from a local music school.
If you can't tell what is happening in the above picture, she has at least 8 bottles stacked up on her head. This was one of the demonstrations I mentioned earlier.
After spending some time downtown, we went to a rooftop bar to enjoy the night. There was a nice surprise at midnight, when a beautiful fireworks show started and we got to see it all!