A sunny Saturday in Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas, Mexico just across the border from Progreso, Texas. It’s a tourist town catering to Winter Texans who come south to escape the cold winter in the north. Primary businesses are pharmacies and dentist offices. Prescription medicines and dental work are less than half the cost for the same products and services in the U.S.
However, street vendors sell food and trinkets throughout the town. Many of the salespeople are very young children. Although they appear impoverished, popular legend has it that these children and their parents go home at night to beautiful homes in various communities in Texas and upscale neighborhoods in Reynosa, Mexico.
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Little boy sells chewing gum to patrons in an outdoor restaurant.
Little boy sells backscratchers to patrons in an outdoor restaurant.
Little girl sells trinkets to patrons in an outdoor restaurant.
Troubadours perform in a bakery/cafe.
Man sells hooked rugs from a stall on the main street.
Man sells knit hats from a stall on the main street.
Waiter prepares flaming Bananas Foster table-side at Angel’s Restaurant.
Woman prepares nopales (prickly pear cactus leaves) for sale from her stall on the main street.
Taqueria food cart on the main street.