Sunday, June 08, 2014
Aha! A Colonia Celebration in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Down at the corner, there were Aztec and Spanish marchers doing their dance and battle. A re-creation of sorts. Along with that the men were carrying the Crucifix that I had seen one previous day in the wooden box along with the Mexican flag.
They headed to Cuesta de San Jose and then went up the street to the far corner of my street where tables were set up with food. I heard distant drums and war whoops until about 10PM.
I thought the evening festivities would be the whole event. I was WRONG!
In past years, it was hundreds of people with a banner of the Virgen. Not today. Today it was a huge statue of the Virgen Mary along with the box with Jesus on the Crucifix along with beautiful flowers. Amazing.
About 6:55 it all ended. They headed back up the street and total quiet fell back upon this area.
I'm astounded how people get up in the dark for these celebrations, frequently, in the cold, and honor whatever or whoever it is that they are honoring. I so wish I knew more about the symbolism of everything.
But, who to ask? I have no idea.
There is no doubt however, that each colonia in San Miguel celebrates at some time or other. We have fireworks frequently, but usually in the distance. Not five feet from my house.
Next week will be the Locos Parade where thousands of costumed people will parade throughout the centro. When I say thousands, I'm not exaggerating. It is quite an amazing site. Mardi Gras has nothing on San Miguel de Allende.
I hope to get some photos if possible and then I'll tell you the history of the Locos Parade. That story and symbolism, I do know. It's quite extraordinary.