Sunday at noon and there is a parade in the Grande Plaza in front of the Presidential Palace. The band plays, military marches, horses parade, students are honoured and it is all for the tourists. Most of the tourists are Ecuador locals come to the historic center of Quito to see the sights. Possibly this was a larger one because the president was supposed to be there. However he had gone to Venezuala the day before and only the VP was there to greet the crowd.