One of the things that amazes me most about the Tlahualiles parade is the fact that each of the groups marching therein is composed of folks from local barrios or neighborhoods or associations. And these amazing headdresses are made by those who live in the area or belong to the association.
Some of the marching groups are quite small [i.e. 10 people or so] and some are huge [50-plus people]. But whether great or small, each headdress depicts not only the group’s “theme” for the year, but also identifies the marchers as being from a specific area of Sahuayo municipality.
For example, the headdress above is worn by someone who lives in the neighborhood of the Santuario, a large temple in the hills above Sahuayo centro. Check out the photo above and compare it to this photo of the santuario that I took:
Same place; right? Except that the representation on the headdress shows the Virgin praying for and/or looking over the church.
Here’s a closeup of the headdresses worn by the group from Valle de Verde:
Here is the grupo Montelongo:
And the group, Segundo:
Marchers from the Lomas group:
And the group Uriel:
From the barrio Pedregal:
And from the Grupo Cervantes:
I’m not sure if Bonanza is a barrio or an association, but they had fabulous headdresses last year:
As did the groups from San Jose barrio and Ninos Heroes:
There were, of course, many other groups marching in the parade and I hope to get even more photos this year.
In the meantime, just eat your hearts out that you are not here to enjoy this spectacle with us! Oh, wait, that’s not the right attitude! The right attitude is that I wish you were all here to see it for yourself. And I wish you were!