Tlahualiles parade, July 2011, part 1


I know, I know, you’ve all been waiting with bated breath to see the pictures from the actual Tlahualiles parade in Sahuayo, Michoacan, Mexico!  You’re looking for glamour; for color; for fabulous headdresses; for good looking Mexican men!  Well, dear readers, today you’re gonna get a little of what you’re looking for.  Here it is; the first set of pictures from this year’s parade. 

Just a few things to keep in mind before we start.  These headdresses can be huge.  Easily six feet tall and weighing up to 85 pounds.  Each group has a theme each year, so when you see headdresses of different colors, that’s a different group.  Aside from identifying groups that way, most all of them have the name of the group on the headdress as well, and some on their clothing. 

I’ll start with a pictures taken in or near the Sahuayo plaza as the marchers were headed to their respective starting points.  One thing that amazes me is that traffic is still allowed around the plaza, since it’s not an actual parade route, so you’ll see Tlahualiles wandering down the street between cars.  And because the buildings around most plazas in Mexico have covered sidewalks, it would be impossible for the folks with the larger headdresses to safely pass that way.  So the street it is….cars or not! 

Here’s the back of the headdress above which tells watchers the name of the group:


The younger kids have difficulty wearing their headdresses for really extended periods, so some of them got some help or just carried them….and even then they sometimes needed a helping hand.

This young man was VERY serious about the parade.  No coaxing a smile from him! 

This one’s little brother was trying to lend a hand.  A hand at what, I’m not sure! 

And some were smart and rested up before their big day really started:

I mentioned in an earlier post that the majority of the Tlahualiles are male, but here’s one of the girls that would be marching.  

And I promised you good looking Mexican men, so here you go:


About Barbara

in april of 2008, i moved from the united states to mexico. during my working days, i held lots and lots of jobs....almost all chosen because they were fun or interesting instead of how much they paid. when i started thinking about retirement (in my 40s), i realized that i would never be able to retire to a country where english was the native language. and although i had traveled to every state in the US -- and lived in lots of them -- i had never been outside the country with the exception of canada and mexico. and since you now know that i could never afford to retire in canada (even to the french-speaking area), mexico won by default.
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2 Responses to Tlahualiles parade, July 2011, part 1

  1. Gigi says:

    I love this post also! (I mean also like all the others!) Especially the first and last pix!
    Keep up the good life!
    What was that eastern AZ rock park you worked at? We’re going to visit it before long…

    • Barbara says:

      gigi, i worked at petrified forest national park in northeastern arizona. i just sent you an email about you and it!

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