Dia de los Locos, San Miguel de Allende
The Sunday following St. Anthony’s Day (June 13th) is when San Miguel's residents and visitors line the city’s main streets to watch a most imaginative and colorful parade that marks Dia de los Locos. The parade harkens back to the 18th century, when orchard workers wore crazy costumes and came to town, dancing and giving away produce in thanks for the Saint’s blessings. Today’s crazies, who number in the thousands, dance a three-hour route of stone and steep streets, tossing candy to spectators. The parade is organized into four neighborhood quarters, each comprising seven sub-groups that often number 200 participants each. The groups and often the entire quarter dress within a theme. Wear sunblock and a hat, carry plenty of water and don't forget your camera.
By Alexis White
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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico