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!