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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.

Father and son
Father and sons

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.

Father with children
Father with children

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.

Young girls
Young girls

Of course, every parade has to have beauty queens and these girls were happy to pose for me.

Beauty queens
Beauty queens

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.

Children with balloons
Children with balloons

The group below did difficult gymnastic tricks.

Marching children
Marching children

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.

Marching children
Marching children

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.

Marching children
Marching children

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.

Marching children
Marching children

I liked seeing the expressions on the children’s faces. This was serious business.

Children in a float
Children In a float

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
The drummers

The drummers were wearing beautiful costumes. All girls. They were very disciplined .

Marching band
Marching band

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.

Man on horse
Man on horse

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.

Girl on horse
Girl on horse

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.

Young girl on horse
Young girl on horse

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.

Young children
Young 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 Plaza

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.

imageWoman 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.

The Plaza

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.

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Writer Evelyn

I am a single retired woman living in Ajijic Mexico. I participate in writing informative articles about the Lake Chapala area for AccessLakeChapala.com and hope my posts can give you an idea of what to expect when you visit the area.

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3 thoughts on “The 2015 Revolution Day Parade in Ajijic”

  • Randy Baldwin

    November 24, 2015 at 9:33 am

    We were so sorry to have to leave just days before the celebration. Hope you are well. We are starting the immigration process, and will be selling our house, probably in March. We will keep in touch.

    Randy and Al

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    • Z-Access Admin

      November 24, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Looking forward to seeing you back her soon Randy

      Reply
  • faouzi mouammar

    November 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Such beautiful social content, something you never see here in Canada. Will be there in feb. 2016 for 2 months, hope to have some gatherings like that.

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