Celebrating Fiestas Patrias
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Among the most representative events of the Fiestas Patrias in San Miguel de Allende are the military parade and the reenactment of the Entrance of the Insurgents, both held on September 16.
The military parade took place on the morning of Sunday, September 16. Starting at 11am on calle Cardo, and including a contingent formed by students from local schools, beauty queens, 185 members of the army, firefighters and “charros,” it advanced along Ancha de San Antonio, continuing through Zacateros, Canal, Insurgentes, Mesones, Núñez, San Francisco, and ended in the Jardín, around 2pm. The highlights were the female members of the army, who were the most applauded by the spectators.
Later the same day, people gathered around the main streets of the city in order to enjoy the reenactment of the arrival of the insurgents at San Miguel el Grande, during the independence war. Actors, disguised as Allende, Hidalgo and the Aldama brothers, entered at full speed on horseback riding, followed by a group of insurgents on horseback, and a group of people on foot, including children and women, armed with torches, machetes, sticks and other tools, which are believed, were used as arms in 1810.