Sahuayo Tlahualiles fiesta….let’s set the stage

Got back on Thursday afternoon from our three-day, two-night trip to Sahuayo, Michoacan, for the annual Tlahualiles parade.  And what a great parade it was.  Best of the three that I have attended.  One of my friends asked me why I felt it was the best and my immediate answer was that it was so much more organized this year.

But after some consideration, I realized that that was too pat an answer.  It wasn’t so much that the fiesta was more organized, I think it was that it was more “user-friendly” this year.  For instance, in the plaza there were large maps showing points of interest and the parade route:

That was a nice addition because in the previous years such information was either non-existent or hard to come by.

As well as the map, there were large signs showing the activities for each day:

You can see that the fiesta goes on for a couple of weeks.  We always go on the 24th of July and return on the 26th.  The reason being that the 25th is the actual patronales [saint’s day] in Sahuayo so there are lots of things going on…..most importantly [in my mind], the Tlahualiles parade.

Another nice thing about this year’s festivities was that they held a pre-parade show on a stage erected next to the kiosko [bandstand] in the central plaza.  I momentarily thought that maybe this had been happening for years on end and that I had just missed it previously, but the size of the crowd [small] led me to believe that it was not only new to me, but new to everybody else in town, too.

I was probably ten feet from the stage and here’s the size of the “crowd” in front of me:

Yep, one lone young’un!  That’s it.

The stage itself, however, was filled with Tlahualiles, sword-wielding cowboy types representing Santiago [St. James the Apostle], and what appeared to be a Mongol or Chinese warrior.  [I’m still working on ANY type of explanation for that!]

Next post, we’ll take a look at some of the other things going on in Sahuayo on July 25th!

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 Sahuayo Tlahualiles fiesta….let’s set the stage

  1. allenriddle says:

    Thanks for the great post and photos. We will be moving there very soon.

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