We are all very proud of the success of the Mazatlán International Center. That Teachers’ Union really knows what it’s doing! The convention center has brought huge groups of people to our port, and seems to be a resounding success.
Yesterday (Tuesday), I was privileged to watch as 89 busloads of employees —3000 people in total — arrived from Sigma Alimentos/Sigma Foods, Mexico’s largest producer of refrigerated and processed foods (brand names FUD, San Rafael, Noche Buena, and others, as well as licensing Yoplait and Oscar Meyer).
The 3000 gathered in front of that gorgeous mosaic on the northern wall of the convention center, for a group portrait. Group portrait?! Of 3000 people?! How many risers and bleachers would they have to have so that you could see everyone?
My photography teacher, Salvador Herrera, had told me about the event on Monday. He said he had rented a crane (in the States we would call it a cherry picker, but this really was a crane, retrofitted to accommodate a cage to stand in), and would be taking the portrait the following afternoon. Eager to learn, and to witness, Greg and I drove up there.
Neither of us have ever seen Mexican people so orderly and obedient! They gathered in color-coded regional groups, they stood in straight lines. They carried sparkly signs and cheered and waves non-stop for about 30 minutes, yet they were quiet and smiling when it was time for the formal portrait.
Salvador tells me this is a first, taking a group portrait of 3000 people. I will say it was extremely cool! Thank you for letting us know! Photos below; click to enlarge or see a slideshow.