Sunday, June 19, 2011

San Antonio Festival

This weekend is the Festival for our Colonia Church. Yesterday I walked over to the church and sat while parishioners came in to pray. The church was loaded with flowers. It was peaceful.

Today the inside of the church may look the same but outside is anything but peaceful. There are castillos being loaded, bands playing, and the plaza in front of the church is packed with families, food stands and people dressed in costumes for the Locos Parade which began right after the outside Mass. The Locos Parade has grown so much in the last 13 or 14 years that we have been going to it. Now it starts way out Ancha de San Antonio and winds it way through town. It looks to me like one-fourth of the town is in the parade and the other three-fourths of the town are lined up on the streets to watch and try to catch candy that is thrown to the crowd. In some ways you might say it is a family Mardi Gras.
If you want to see some more pictures of the Locos click here.

6 comments:

Suzanne said...

Billie, it was good running into you today. I wandered along the salida celaya after I saw you and the parade was almost as far as the glorieta.

The charro couple in the photo are Guadalupe and her husband from the escritorio office accross from immigration. She caught up with me along the way and shook my shoulders, took off her nose and said 'It's me! Guadalupe!" and took off dancing.

I have to say there were some pretty good groups this year. I'm converting the video now.

don't you love living in a place where people do happy things? I do.

Suzanne said...

Billie, it was good running into you today. I wandered along the salida celaya after I saw you and the parade was almost as far as the glorieta.

The charro couple in the photo are Guadalupe and her husband from the escritorio office accross from immigration. She caught up with me along the way and shook my shoulders, took off her nose and said 'It's me! Guadalupe!" and took off dancing.

I have to say there were some pretty good groups this year. I'm converting the video now.

don't you love living in a place where people do happy things? I do.

Billie said...

We didn't go to the beginning of the parade but it looked like it went to the Glorieta.

I am very happy that I live in a happy place.

Dan in NC said...

OK Billie I give up! I thought that St Anthony's day was for FELLAS to dress in drag to convince St A. that they were deserving of a spouse!?? Seems that it's sort of been hijacked into a uni-sex free for all!Ah well, still looked like a bunch of UGLY dudes celebrating las Dia de daddy-o's! LOL! (Loved the blue hair portrait!)
Dan in NC

pitchertaker said...

Crazy!

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