Fiesta de Mama Negra, Latacunga, Cotopaxi Province
The Fiesta de Mama Negra in the Cotopaxi Province originated after an eruption of the Volcano Cotopaxi. Local residents credited the Virgen de las Mercedes for protecting the city from the eruption and began an annual day of thanks. Today, the festival includes a spectacular parade highlighting a black Virgin Mary, Mama Negra. She represents the blending of native Ecuadorian, African, and European traditions. A similar event, hosted by the city, also takes place in November.