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!