You will remember that in my last post, I told you that each parade during the Senor del Monte festival is sponsored by a different group. The parade on 13 January was the one financed by the agricultural workers and their employers. This is the one that likely has the most money behind it.
First of all, there are more agricultural workers in the municipality of Jocotepec than there are in any other field [literally!], and second, it’s the largest “industry” here. So between the contributions of the workers and the employers, there’s a comparatively large amount of money put into this parade. And it shows.
While most of the other parades feature groups from the neighboring pueblos, this parade brings them in from not only other municipalities, but from other states. The bands are snappier, the girls on the floats are better dressed, and the floats themselves are more elaborate.
That doesn’t mean they’re any better. Just means they’re more decorative…in all senses of the word. And that alone is a reason not to miss it!
My friend, Kathi, almost choked when she saw the truck unloading the headdresses, because we are two of the few gringos who have seen them their “natural habitant” Sahuayo:
But the folks from Sahuayo weren’t the only ones here for the parade.
There were these folks from, as I understand it, Zapopan, which is kind of a suburb of Guadalajara:
And these folks from I don’t know where! But they were great!
However, I do believe my favorites were local. There is nothing that is like the sound that these “dancing shoes” make on the cobblestone/pavement/brick streets of Joco:
They create their own rhythm without a need for a band. Although these fellows do accompany them:
When I heard tell of a fife and drum corps during my student years, this wasn’t exactly what I envisioned. But, boy, does it work down here!
One of the other things I like about the dancing groups is that they’re composed of all sorts of people. Old folks:
Great looking young men:
and women who look more like me:
And, oh, the bands! They ranged from the very militaristic:
to the totally local:
to the mariachis: