Tlahualilies, here we come!

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that my absolute favorite parade here around Lake Chapala is that of the Tlahualiles in Sahuayo, Michoacan, Mexico.

About six months after I moved here four years ago, my friend Kathi mentioned that we really needed to go see the parade with “the big headdresses” in Sahuayo.   Kathi knew that it occurred sometime in July, but wasn’t sure when.   But somehow, after she mentioned it, we discovered that it happened on 25 July each year, and I’ve been there for the past two years.  And I’ll be there again this year.

While I really do enjoy our little parades here in Jocotepec, I am totally gobsmacked [to use an appropriate Brit expression] by the Tlahualiles procession.   It starts at maybe 11 in the morning and is still going on at 11 at night.  Now that’s a parade!!

What I am fascinated by is not the duration, it’s the jaw-dropping elaborateness of the thing.  The only thing that I can relate it to in the US is the Mummers‘ parade in Philadelphia or the Mardi Gras Indians procession in New Orleans.

But what sets the Tlahualiles parade apart from those is that it’s put on in the relatively small city [60,000 more or less] of Sahuayo.

So this year, Jonnie, Kathi, and I are off again to Sahuayo, bringing with us three more “novices” to partake of the awesomeness that is the Tlahualiles.   I can hardly wait!


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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One Response to Tlahualilies, here we come!

  1. Karen says:

    OMG – these are amazing. Can’t wait to see your pictures.

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