los locos parade san miguel de allende 2014

How the crowd looked to someone in a much better position than me, lol. I’m probably in this picture.

I got to experience my first ever Los Locos (the loonies) parade held annually here in San Miguel de Allende, Gto, Mexico. It was a blast and totally lived up to its name!

Very unlike a Rose Bowl parade with gigantic floats funded by corporate sponsors, this parade featured collectives of neighborhood groups who mostly hand hand made each and every one of their color-wonderful, imaginative costumes. Using skillfully sculpted paper mache, paint, brightly colored fabrics and liberal amounts of fun fur and stuffing they turned themselves into themed groups of aliens, fairies, animals, cartoon characters, dolls and ghouls.

Often accompanied by a decorated pick up truck with immense speakers blasting some of the happiest music on the planet with unintelligible (and not just because my Espanol stinks, haha) voiceover provided by an enthusiastic homespun DJ. Parade participants carry sacks of candy that they fling into the crowd with its upturned umbrellas for maximum candy collecting success.

I loved every minute; the homemade merry making and most especially the handmade costumes. I like to picture the revelers’ costume heads decorating their homes for years after the parade – a martian on the mantlepiece here, a wickedly delirious glittering skull in the scullery (do people even have sculleries any more? What are they anyway?)

Here’s a little vignette I slapped together:

The Drawing as Inspired by the Event

los locos parade san miguel original drawing

The drawing I made Monday morning following the parade.

More Photos:

A spent headless martian

A spent headless martian

 

Ever wonder what the combo of Alice Cooper and Elvis would look like?

Ever wonder what the combo of Alice Cooper and Elvis would look like?

Yosemite Sam oblidges

Yosemite Sam oblidges

Upturned umbrellas catch a ton of sweet candy booty

Upturned umbrellas catch a ton of sweet candy booty

Green Ghouls

Green Ghouls

Who doesn't want their picture taken with a purple bird?

Who doesn’t want their picture taken with a purple bird?

The men enjoy dressing up for the occasion

The men enjoy dressing up for the occassion

A goofy fox-thing

A goofy fox-thing

These guys were selling ice cream nearby

These guys were selling ice cream nearby

I didn't get to see her with her head on, but the costume looks amazing!

I didn’t get to see her with her head on, but the costume looks amazing!

 

Alien Ghouls of course

Alien Ghouls of course