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Fat Tuesday
February 19th, 2010 by Les

“Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, and of course, this being America, it will be followed by Even Fatter Wednesday, Obese Thursday and Fat-Ass Friday.” –Jay Leno

Festivities – the Twelfth Night Feast of the Epiphany, when the three kings are supposed to have visited the Christ Child, and build to a climax on Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, which always occurs on the day before Ash Wednesday. The parties and parades will continue until Lent begins at the stroke of midnight on Fat Tuesday.  Mardi Gras (“Gras” is French for fat and “Mardi” is French for Tuesday) begins 46 days prior to Easter.

Guess what dear reader….another parade took place in our village as, I am sure, it took place in all surrounding villages.  No surprise there.  What is interesting is everyone seems to stop what they are doing and join in the festivities – smiling, waving, and joking.  Water, soda, beer are offered to the participants by the spectators as they traverse the cobblestone streets.  Dogs bark in cadence with the music and roosters (yes, one of my favorite topics) cackle at the top of their lungs as though they were practicing for sunrise.  Quite honestly, I don’t think any of the rooster within our earshot have ANY idea when sunrise is!!

David managed to get out and take more pictures.  Since most of the major parades take place on the street where we live – we rarely miss them.  This parade was no exception.

Beside the bands there were numerous floats and it was a somewhat family oriented parade.  No one shouted the mantra of New Orleans (its not “Go Saints”) – though young, well-endowed women were a prominent fixture in the parade, they remained clothed.  Children ran beside the floats, up and down the street or simply jumping in place trying to get those in the parade to either pepper them with confetti or blast them with flour.  It is my understanding flowers or perfumed water can also be thrown, however flour seems the most popular item here.

As always excitement prevailed and the culmination of the parade, in the town square, was met with booths of food and drink accented by music and much merriment.

An observation about living in Mexico: It certainly helps to have tapped into your inner child.  The child of your youth.  The child who welcomed whimsy with open arms, great abandon and laughter that emanates from the diaphragm and bursts to life as music to the ears of those around you.

Viva Mexico!

Lovely Lady One

Lovely Lady One

Lovely Lady Two  -  Don’t you just love her chapeau?!

Lovely Lady Two - Don’t you just love her chapeau?!

Lovely Lady Three

Lovely Lady Three

Lovely Lady Four

Lovely Lady Four

Conjures up.....Mystic, Eerie, a bit Bizarre

Conjures up.....Mystic, Eerie, a bit Bizarre

Not sure what this has to do with anything!

Not sure what this has to do with anything!

A gaucho and his trusty steed.

A gaucho and his trusty steed.

Yet Another Lovely Lady

Yet Another Lovely Lady

Notice her selection of eye shadow.  She also had lovely crimson painted hoofs

Notice her selection of eye shadow. She also had lovely crimson painted hoofs


3 Responses  
  • Sandy writes:
    February 21st, 20101:41 pmat

    OMG, I’m sooo living in the wrong place. RATS! Judy, as you know my inner child is always on the surface. No tapping needed here. Wish I was there to enjoy all the festivities.

    Miss you,

    Sandy

  • John writes:
    February 20th, 201012:11 amat

    David & Les, nice set of pictures, and shot on Hidalgo as well. How did the picture of the cacti growing on the roof tiles of the hacienda turn out? John

  • Cinda writes:
    February 19th, 20105:10 pmat

    I always check for David’s latest pictures. Cinda


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