Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mexico Awash in Butterflies, Bumblebees and Bunnies

 All over Mexico yesterday, Primavera (Spring) parades were held.  The big treat was that the little ones of kindergarten age were those dressed as everything and almost anything that is precious.  Kudos to the moms who make these costumes and to the teachers who corral the kids for the walk around the jardin in all their WARM finery.  It is quite a show!
 The creativity is amazing.  The behavior of the kids is something to be commended.  And, families stand patiently waiting to photograph their little ones.  All in all it is just a heartwarming sight. 

Other friends who are in Patzcuaro, Oaxaca and Melaque posted photos of similar parades.  What a treat to think of all this sweetness washing over this country that so honors its children!
 Even a mermaid and a sea creature made it into the parade.  Very unique.
To me, the piece de resistance was this tiny one, sitting patiently in her dad's lap, probably dreaming that some day she'll be a big girl and get to walk in the desfile (parade), just like the big kids!

I have photographed this parade every year.  It still draws me like a magnet each and every year.  It's not only the children that are adorable but it is also fun to meet other people who have come to see what all the excitement is about.

I met two women, as I sat atop the wall around the jardin.  They were visiting.  Both were retired school teachers so they enjoyed the children immensely.  They were lamenting that they  are returning to Illinois and Canada next week.  This was their first parade but not there first visit to San Miguel.  Very interesting women.

Yes, I DID sit atop the wall to attempt to photograph the children.  At one point, as I leaned out from my straddled position, I thought, "Boy, that's a long way down and if I fell I'd probably break both legs!"  I decided never to sit there again.........

Next parades and processions coming up will be Easter!  And those are for longer then a week but so amazing to witness.  Those have been held for hundreds of years and are steeped in amazing traditions.

Never a dull moment in retirement.  Life is enchanting.  Wish you were here!


Caddie said...

I'd love to see all you see. Beautiful costumes and loving patient mothers, no doubt. Hope you post lots of pictures with the Easter parades.

sparks_mex said...

The kids were so small (pre-kinder) in our parade just standing was too high up for good fotos. Top of a wall - nope

Babs said...

Sissy, I don't get to ALL the parades. But, what I do, I will post. The town is jam packed with tourists from Europe, South America, and everywhere else. Hopefully I'll get some lovely photos of the procession of the angels and the procession of the women with the lanterns. My two favorite.

Babs said...

Sparks, Steve posted photos of kids on cars! Great idea. They don't do that here. Those wee ones walk a LONG way!
Thanks for commenting.

Calypso said...

Puerto Escondido has less of the traditional Mexican activities - BIG on soon to be Easter Vacation however ;-) Let the games begin.

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Anonymous said...

Great pictures! Here in New Orleans, I think they appreciate parades as much as they do in Mexico. I have a picture I'm going to post which says, "Parade Route - no parking 2 hours before or after parade." I'm not sure if they have such signs in SMA, but they should.


Kim G
The Big Easy
Where we are a little wasted from having rollerbladed all over town yesterday.

Babs said...

You are SO right! New Orleans is very similar in attitude to Mexico! It's a live in the moment kinda place as is a lot of Louisiana.

Yes, SMA has similar signs and NOW we have a tow truck for those who don't heed signage! Woo hoo.