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!

S.O.M.E. Mother’s Day Luncheon

S.O.M.E. (So Others May Eat) held their weekly lunch at the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel and celebrated Mother’s Day by handing our roses and aprons to all the women. It was a beautiful event—including a mariachi band. Bill waited tables are there were over 200 people in attendance. Here are some of my favorite photos from the event. Enjoy!

P.S. This was the first time I asked the folks if I could take their portrait and they were so sweet and beautiful!

Hummies

It’s hard to think of a better way to spend the morning than sitting in the front garden and watching the hummingbirds swoop in for a little nectar from our feeder. We have at least four hummingbirds that enjoy our feeder daily and we have to fill up the feeder about every other day. Enjoy!

San Miguel de Allende: Friday of Sorrows

“San Miguel’s sweetest religious tradition is perhaps the celebration of the Virgin of Sorrows, when she (Mary) is placed over alters perfumed with chamomile atop brightly colored sawdust carpets. Her alter itself is decorated with bitter oranges, sprouts of wheat and purple paper picado (cut paper) banners.” —Atención

Bill and I walked around town yesterday to view some of the public alters. It was busy in Centro with weddings (bride and groom in vintage Jaguar arrive at the church), folks worshiping at the local churches and lots of alters. On this day the folks of SMA also clean and decorate the fountains around town. Some places in town were passing out free food and popsicles. The sweet popsicles represent the tears shed by Mary. Enjoy!

The Murals of Colonia Guadalupe

Saturday morning Kathy and I took a tour of the murals in Colonia Guadalupe. San Miguel de Allende is made up of about a dozen Colonias. Colonia Guadalupe is known for it’s murals.

Up until 2013 it was against the law to paint murals in San Miguel de Allende. The tour was great fun and very informative. Here are some of my favorite murals. Enjoy!

So Others May Eat (S.O.M.E.)

Serving food to those who are hungry in San Miguel de Allende is a monumental task and this organization serves food to these wonderful people every Wednesday. Bill volunteers to help serve food and today I joined him to take some photos of these folks and the volunteers who make it all possible. Today, children presented warm clothing to the seniors. Enjoy!