I woke up nice and early this morning to go explore San Miguel de Allende. I'm staying outside of town so I have chosen to always take cabs into town, rather than dealing with driving through a busy city center. I walked about a half mile to town before hailing a cab. There was a ton of traffic. Then the driver just stopped, told me that the road was closed and asked if it was an ok place to get out.
I got out and quickly discovered that there was a parade of sorts happening soon. I really didn't think much of it, and continued to explore. However, I soon realized that this parade was ggoing to take over the entire city center. I found some white people and asked them what the hell was going on. "Day of the Crazies!" the lady explained.
This is my weakness as a traveler- most of the time I don't care about what is going on, I just want to photograph it. But this is what I gathered: A long time ago, San Miguel was mainly orchards. There was also a saint who helped these farmers. Incentive to convert to Catholicism had something to do with making a giant party called "Dia de los Locos" or "Day of the Crazies". Back then, people dressed up as scarecrows, or other weird things, and danced and drank and celebrated. I don't know what that had to do with Jesus, or the saint, but again, sometimes I just like taking photos....
It was a sea of people having fun, and a great way to spend my first "official" day in Mexico....
I'm Lauri. Teacher for nine months of the year, vagabond for the other three. I've traveled to France, Russia, West Africa, SE Asia and all over the US. This summer I'll be driving to Mexico with my little dog, Nilo.