November 3rd is Independence Day in Cuenca (celebrating 190 years of independence from Spain). There were fireworks last night and a military parade this morning. The parade route was close to our apartment so we walked to the viewing area and I took these pictures.
It's interesting that independence is celebrated on the city level. There are three different celebrations throughout the year depending on which city is celebrating their independence: Quito, Guayaquil, or Cuenca.