Explosions in Paradise!

One of my all-time favorite experiences was in San Miguel de Allende during the Festival of San Miguel Archangel – the town’s annual patron saint celebration each September. 

There were concerts and parades 

 a rocket battle between the devil and San Miguel at 4:00 am 

 giant castillos – the 50 foot firework displays that rotate and spin and whine and make pictures of lights and finally send a rocket jettisoning through the night

 and valledores, who climb a giant pole and then cascade down, swinging upside down on long ropes as flute music is played

…but by far, my favorites were the monitos, which are small papier mache effigies mounted on a long bamboo pole, with sparklers inside.  When lit, someone rotates the pole and there is hissing and smoking and sparkling - until suddenly they EXPLODE with gasps and laughter from the crowd!  Every time it’s a shock…even though it happens over and over again!

Explosions in Paradise!

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~ by Dawn Elliott on May 29, 2011.

7 Responses to “Explosions in Paradise!”

  1. Wow, Dawn, this is a pyrotechnic wonder. A mock battle between the forces of evil and the forces of good, tower acrobats and exploding effigies. A hard act to follow! Beautiful pictures. I love the masks in the parade–they are so colorful and animated. It looks like so much fun!

  2. i am so happy we could share this experience together side be side.
    san miguel has captured our hearts in so many unforgettable ways.
    one more reason the shrine auction remains so close to so many hearts…a chance to give back to the children of this heart warming culture.

    great photographs exploding in great memories, thanks dawn!

  3. Beautiful and exciting. Exploding spinning stars! Pinata people!

  4. I feel like I was there, too–I can hear the noise, smell the smells of food and fireworks sulphur. I have seen parades but not the specific activities you mention. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Great photos, wonderful memories for you. Very nice. Thanks for sharing, have a great week.

  6. I’ve always been afraid to go to Mexico but the pictures I see from you and Rebecca and Deb make me think I am missing a good thing.

  7. Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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