The 2015 Revolution Day Parade in Ajijic
Mexican Revolution Day was November 16th but the parade and other celebrations didn’t happen until the following weekend. On Monday, the legal holiday, many places of business were closed. But the celebrations didn’t begin until the parade on Friday the 20th. The Mexican Constitution dates back to 1917. When you think about it, that was not very long ago. Not even a hundred years. When people in my generation were growing up, in their 70s, their parents probably remembered living through it.
I love the above photo. The father and sons look so happy to be included in the parade. They do not look to me like Mexicans. The Mexicans are generally very inclusive people and they welcome outsiders. Can you imagine a president being in office for 35 years? I would call that a dictatorship. That was Porfirio Diaz.
The children love this holiday and the parade was mostly their celebration. Hundreds of marching children, many dressed up like revolutionaries. Great fun. The girls all looked beautiful in their long dresses. Some with dolls tied on their backs and holding wooden guns.
Of course, every parade has to have beauty queens and these girls were happy to pose for me.
Each group of marching children had something special that they did. The group below had balloons that they held above their heads and clapped together. My dog did not like that noise.
The group below did difficult gymnastic tricks.
Each group wore a main color. Blue was the color for this group. As you can see from the photos, the children had spent a lot of time working up their routines and they took things very seriously.
It was fun for me to watch the children in their costumes, pretending to be carrying real babies and shooting off wooden guns. They are too young to know the real meaning of the revolution but they had fun anyway.
Check out the boy in the middle of the above group. He seems to be protecting everyone else. I am sure this parade will in the future of their lives be happy memories.
I liked seeing the expressions on the children’s faces. This was serious business.
The float was for the small children. They were having just as much fun throwing candy into the crowd watching along the parade route. I grabbed a bubblegum.
The drummers were wearing beautiful costumes. All girls. They were very disciplined .
I always enjoy the rowdy Mexican music with the brass instruments. My dog didn’t like all that noise either and wouldn’t stop barking. No more parades for him.
We come to the end of the parade and the horses. For obvious reasons they are always last.The black horse in the above photo carried the cowboy and Mexican flag with great dignity.
Another beautiful horse and with a beautiful woman rider. These young women are the Escaramuza riders. Trick riders. They are fun to watch. I have an article on this site about them.
The young girl in the above photo seemed so proud to be riding alone on a horse. What a great way to instill a sense of dignity on children.
The parade was over and these children who were watching it seemed bored and a little sad. Hopefully one day when they are older they too can walk in one.
The parade ended at the plaza. There were so many people that it was difficult to walk and the lines were long for the food booths. There were many food and drink booths.
Woman serving food
The woman in the booth in the above photo seemed a bit overwhelmed by all her customers. But she will be happy at the end of the day with all her hard earned money.
This last photo is just a small part of the plaza. The activities went on there for the rest of the day and two more days. It was exciting but I was tired. As I was leaving, a band was setting up. If you are ever here at this time of the year, don’t miss out on all the Revolution Day fun.