Now that Peru made the finals for the soccer/football (the “beautiful game”) World Cup next year, the color combination of the national soccer team will be even more apparent. The soccer jersey is a red or white jersey with a sash across the front. It is called a “blanca y roja” or a “white and red” and any version of white and red is considered good luck. According to legend, the national colors of Peru were chosen when José de San Martín, in 1820, saw the wings of pink (red) flamingos on the coast off Ica, to the south of Lima. The photo shows Marinera dancers from the north, dancing through Mistura 2017.