La Alborada Parade

I attended the La Alborada parade this morning. If you ever want to visit San MIguel de Allende, be sure to come here during La Alborada. The weekend-long celebration is really something to see—including this wonderful parade with so many different groups od dancers being represented.

I managed to shoot over 1,100 photos of the parade and I’m still going through them. I’s gonna take some time to go through them all, but I wanted to post of few of the ones that caught me eye. Be sure to come back for more photos. I’ll try to get through them as soon as possible. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these first few images.

Saint Michael’s Parade

Sunday was St. Michael’s parade through Centro. This parade, I’m told, is the preview of a much larger parade in September. It wasn’t the largest parade I’ve seen in San Miguel, but the native Indian costumes were wonderful. Here are some of my favorite photos from the day. Enjoy!

Locos Parade

The Locos parade is an annual and I was ready for the crazy… or so I thought. I arrived a little early to scope out a place to get some photos. I ended up sitting on top of the wall of the Hotel Aldea. I thought it would be a good spot and it was until just before the parade. About 5 minutes before the parade arrived the entire audience sitting below me got up and moved forward 6-8 feet towards the parade route. At that point all I could see were a bunch of umbrellas. The folks turn their umbrellas upside-down so they can catch the candy being thrown by the parade participants. Who knew?

Anyway, I didn’t get the photos I was hoping for, but there’s always next year. Here are some photos of the day. Enjoy!

Simply Loco

Tomorrow, Sunday, is the annual Locos parade when Mexicans strut their loco costumes and such. A group has been practicing all week. In fact, they’ve now paraded down our street five times this week. Last night, they paraded by the house at 10:00pm and this morning we were awakened by fireworks and church bells at 6:00am. The kids weren’t too happy about the fireworks as they sounded like they were just outside our front door. Anyway, here are a few of the characters from the practice parade. Enjoy!

It’s Thursday… Let’s Have a Parade

I never really know why, but there seems to be a parade every week for something. I figure it’s Thursday is a good enough excuse. We’ve have two parades come by our house this week. I was able to grab my camera last night and snap a few photos. Enjoy!

Revolution Day: Faces in the Crowd

Tuesday was the Revolution Day parade. The parade was filled with mostly students in their school uniforms, but there were also a lot of folks in the traditional wear. The women were dressed in bright colors so they were the most fun to photograph. Here are some of the faces in the crowd. Enjoy!