Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Locos Parade in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico - FUN!
It's a fun filled day. Families and neighborhoods parading together. Nothing out of hand or dangerous. Just everyone out photographing the paraders and having fun.
It originally started to honor a couple of saints, the harvesting of the citrus groves which grew in the area and to pray for rain. It always happens around June 14th, the Feast of St. Anthony. This year it was on the 14th though there were spontaneous parades in various colonias as they prepared for the big kahuna parade on Sunday. By the way, the rains came on the 15th - one and a half inch of it!
I heard them in my neighborhood with the dance music they play, making floats, costumes and getting ready for the BIG day. They left here about 10AM on Sunday morning. I had heard them down the hill at about 7 getting all their stuff together. But, at about 10AM they smartly high stepped it up the hill and then headed toward Col. San Antonio to meet all the other colonias who were also heading that way. They say approximately 20,000 participants and spectators. Just imagine. There they were parading through town, throwing candy, dancing, playing music and just having fun.
The exuberance of life in Mexico is contagious. With all that a Mexican family, or any family, could have to be concerned with, they set aside their concerns and worries to enjoy the day of festivities.
Another lesson for me and all of us about "living in the moment" enjoying family, friends and fun.