Friday, January 11, 2019

Arizona, San Miguel de Allende


It's been a long time since I've blogged so I'll do a quick catch up. We spent our time in Arizona this fall getting caught up with doctors appointments and working on a remodel of our Arizona room, which is kind of a screened in sunroom.  We painted the walls and put in a new beadboard ceiling.

Last year when we were in Dolores Hidalgo I bought a star light. Brian was able to wire it to the new ceiling fan and it turned out really well. I love the colors and light that shines through them.

San Miguel de Allende

We left for Mexico in early December, first parking spot San Miguel de Allende. We were there for almost two weeks. We did the usual walks around town, went to a great Christmas Jazz concert, and just generally enjoyed ourselves.

We happened to be there on the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a popular Catholic day that celebrates the belief that a man encountered the Virgin Mary, Mexico's patron saint, in Mexico City on December 9 and 12, 1531. We went to the parade in town which ended at the San Antonio Parroquia (church). All were looking to be blessed at the church on this day.

The parade began with some floats, mohigangas (giant paper-mache people) and clowns.

Next came a line of taxis to be blessed at the San Antonio church.

Following that was a large group of marchers from San Miguel, many carrying items with the Virgin of Guadalupe. Then came the horses of all sizes, quite a long line of them.

When the horses made the turn to go into the square we wondered how they would all fit. I guess they've done this before because they managed to line up around the square, took a while but it worked out.

The long line of marchers went through the church. Many of them left their items featuring the Virgin on the steps of the church to be blessed.

As we were leaving we passed a group of decorated tow trucks going to the church. I guess there wasn't any more room because they all ended up backing out of street leading to the church.

It was an interesting day, just one of many we seem to have in San Miguel.

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