Flower Festival Parade

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End May 10, 2011

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Flag of Mexico  , Jalisco,
Friday, October 15, 2010

The Flower Fest was set to begin at 11AM with a parade. The small mountain village was alive with anticipation. Decorated horse carts, kids in costumes, school bands, and pageant queens milled in the town plaza. It was chaos and not really clear which direction the parade would take. Crabapple necklaces were handed to the spectators We spotted a TV crew interviewing and old guy in a nice suit (the major?). This must be near ground zero. We claimed our view spot nearby. Sure enough, a drum and bugle band thundered and the parade commenced and exited the town plaza right in front of us.

They were followed by;
-Wildflower decorated cart pulled by a mule
-Other decorated flower carts pulled by tractors and ATV's
-Rhythm-less dancing girls following a car with a boom box in the trunk
-Various beauty contestants on a carts and on the roofs or hoods of car
-Another school band
- Adorable costumed children riding in the back of trucks
-Adolescents walking wearing old cowboy garb and basket style backpacks overflowing with wildflowers.
-Town Dignitaries in the backs of vehicle
-Senior citizens were represented by a group of older ladies walking with canes following behind a truck with the most senior lady propped on chair in the back.
-A group of Cabolleros on horses
-Cabolleras? on horses
-A fleet of 6 yellow taxis

The cute kids in costume were a special treat.

The procession was a bit short and they did their best to prolong the parade. About 30 minutes after the first guy left the plaza to lead the parade, he returned by a different road to the other side of the plaza.

The show was great. It's lack of polish added to the FUN of the whole event.

That night, we enjoyed a great soup at wonderful El Patio, Restaurant Bar on Calle Galeana. Tastefully decorated with heavy wooden tables in covered courtyard. Good music and friendly attentive staff. www.elpatiomazamitla.com
Business was non-existent and we were the only customers. This surprised us being the Flower Fest time. The owner said they were 'new' and don't have a following yet... We hope they make it because they really try hard.

A classical music group was on the bandstand when we strolled past the Plaza after dinner. The orchestra played really badly. Later Dave speculated that they were trying to play Gershwin's 'Summertime'. Michelle had her doubts and did not recognize any melody in their squeaks and drones.

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joel on

Excellent pictures.

michellendave on


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