On every November 1st, since 2002, the community of Rancho Los Labradores has organized a Catrinas Parade. The parade welcomes the Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende. The parade began with eight participants. The idea was (and still is today) to pass to the expatriate community of San Miguel the traditions and culture that is the day of the dead.
Additiolly, we are trying to reduce the influence of Halloween, changing it to this Mexican character. We have managed to influence so many people, that last year more than 400 people participated in the official parade and thousands of San Miguelenses showed their original costumes walking in the main garden. Today, the Day of the Dead in San Miguel has become so great that several “Catrinas Parades”, are organized by universities and local schools. However, our event is the only one that binds: locals, tourists, mexicans and foreigners, children and adults, people who come from other cities only to participate and enjoy this new tradition of parading as Catrinas, and now also as Catrines.
The event consists of 3 stages: The first is a Cocktail-Makeup reunion, where participants meet and they are make up (this has an extra cost), while drinks like margaritas, fresh water and food would be available to buy. This will be during the EXPO on Novemeber 1st. When everyone is ready, we take a group photo and start The sencound the Catrinas Parade, showing their beautiful costumes through the streets of downtown San Miguel, giving away candy to children. Afterwards there will be options for dinner-Contest-Parties to continue celebrating all around San Miguel and compete for the best costume. Our goal in the future is to ensure that all of San Miguel goes out on November 1st at night, disguised as Catrin and Catrina , to celebrate in the streets and to dine at the many delicious restaurants in San Miguel. We invite you to join this fun tradition in San Miguel de Allende.
The next Catrina parade will be held on November 1st, 2017, starting at INSTITUTO ALLENDE San Miguel de Allende (located at Ancha de San Antonio, Centro) at 7:00 pm. If you wish to participate in the make up cocktail, please come to THE EXPO CATRINAS 2017 from 12:00pm till 7:00pm.