|A street performer dances with a mannequin in the middle of Seventh Ave. this afternoon.|
This evening I walked onto Seventh Ave. near Jimenez and, for a few brief moments, it seemed as tho the much-missed Septimazo had returned.
El Septimazo was a tradition in which the stretch of Seventh Ave. between Plaza Bolivar and 19th St. was shut to cars Friday afternoons from 5 to 9 p.m. to make way for pedestrians, street vendors and performers.
|Hare Krishnas dance down Seventh.|
Amidst its real problems, El Septimazo was also a real celebration of socializing, music and street games.
Alas, today's 'Septimazo' turned out to be only a temporary closing caused by a protest against police brutality. After negotiations, the protesters agreed to demonstrate on the sidewalk.
|Soldiers make sure nothing goes wrong.|
|A cyclist on Seventh Ave.|
Without El Septimazo, the vendors and performers generally do their thing on the sidewalks.
|Hats for sale on a Seventh Ave. sidewalk.|
|Want your portrait sketched?|
|And then the cars reinvaded.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours