Festival of San Miguel 2008!

The BIG weekend is here
The town party for San Miguel de Allende
Parades, fireworks, and dancers from all over Mexico
You would have to travel all over Mexico
To many fiestas, to see the number of dance groups
Who will be here this weekend performing their traditional dances.

If you are here, don’t miss it, (hard not to!)
and if not then come back
for more photos and stories
as the weekend progresses.

This afternoon we went to the Aurora
Where the Banda Aguascalientes
The official banda of the festival
Was giving an impromptu concert.
Watch for a little slideshow of that
And the accompanying rockets being shot off.

For now
Here are two slide shows from the 2007 festival
And a schedule of events below that.

Voladores from Papantla, Veracruz
Coming soon

Today, Friday, October 3
5:15pm: Pilgrimage from the Colonia Aurora to the Jardin
Expect lots of music, dancing and noise all night long!

Saturday, October 4
3 am: Meeting of hte dnacers & Mojigangas, corner of San Francisco/Nunez to Jardin
4 am: Alborada – fireworks in the Jardin
7 am: Mananitas – happy birthday to San Miguel at the Parroquia
8-11am: Dancers in the Jardin & Plaza Civica
11 am: Mass to honor San Miguel Arcangel, Parroquia
1pm:  Voladores of Papantal in the Jardin
2pm: Burning of the Monitos (little paper monkeys are blown up)
3pm: Big Parade!  Mojigangas, Xuchiles, dancers from all over Mexico (Calzada Estacion to Jardin)
5pm: Entrance of Xuchiles to the Parroquia
7pm: prehispanic dancers in Jardin
8pm: voladores
9pm: Rockets and fireworks

Sunday, October 5th:
7-9am: Dancers in the Jardin
11am:  Another big parade through the downtown
1pm: tribute to San Juan de San Miguel, the city founder
3pm: 7pm Voladores
9pm: The BIG fireworks