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Galvaz Day in Pensacola
A "Spanish contingent" made it's way through downtown Pensacola today. It was all part of "Galvez Day," The celebration takes place each year on the 8th of May and remembers when Spanish General Bernado de Galvez and his troops defeated British forces in the Siege of Pensacola in 1781. Activities included a mass at St. Michael's Basilica, and then a march up Palafox Street to Fort George. Students from Episcopal Day School were there to greet the procession with cheers and a song.
Iris Daughtry, Spanish Teacher for Episcopal Day School says, "We planned this for the last 2 weeks. It took us 2 weeks so the children can learn the Spanish song with me and the music teacher. And they enjoyed it. They were very excited to wait and try to talk to them in Spanish."
A television crew from Spain was also in town to capture the parade as part of a Spanish documentary on Galvez.