This past Sunday was a festival day here at San Miguel de Allende. The festival – called El Dia de Los Locos – supposed to start at 11:30 a.m. but when I got at the start of the line at 11:00 a.m. a lot of people had already arrived. Both sides of the sidewalk were full of people sitting on the folding chairs that they brought or directly on the pavement. People of all ages, visitors and residences, all mingled to celebrate this day that was started as a religious festival but now turned into a festival of sweets and customs. As the parades passed us, we screamed: “Dulces, dulces, dulces!!” (dulce = sweet) and the people would throw us candies, snacks, and confetti.
Here is a picture of it:
Quite elaborate costumes, don’t you think?
My favorite one:
That intestine looked very real!! I think this will be a winner for a Halloween party.
And here is a cute one:
As you can see, I got a pretty good spot for watching this, nobody in front of me. There were layers of people behind me.
Overall, this was one of the most memorable events for me. I really enjoyed the spirit of the people who watched and the people who participated (some people were here to fulfill their promised to their Saint patrons). This was absolutely a good break from studying Spanish. So readers, what was one of your most memorable events? What made it memorable?