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