Big Red Giraffes

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The giraffes are coming! A French performance group called Compagnie Off recently performed several free public shows throughout Chile during the annual event Santiago a Mil. The event’s purpose is to showcase theater, live music and film from Chile and all over the world during the hot summer here in January. I got some fun pictures of the giraffes making their way down the street in the Recoleta neighborhood of Santiago. Before they can march their way down the street, people first pass through carrying large wooden sticks to raise up the wires lining the street so they can fit. They arrive at the end of the route and perform a sort of elevated circus spectacular with music and a touch of fire. Two people fit inside of one costume and glide down the street on wheels holding wires that hoist up the giraffes and maneuver their big red heads. In one of the photos here you can see the silhouette of the giraffe-operators. Nuts!

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Here is a video taken of a nighttime show in Antofogasta:

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