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Masks and candies for the locos parade

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

More than 8,000 locos are expected for the parade this Sunday, all of them dressed up as wrestlers, fairies, witches, dwarves, various politicians and celebrities, among many other costumes. Every year all these characters parade through the main streets of the historic center, tossing handfuls of candies to those on the sidewalks, enjoying the parade.

If you feel like being a little “loco” yourself, then you will need a mask and candy. Where to buy them?

At the Mercado Ignacio Ramírez, in the Tianguis area, there is a stand called Juguetibel that for 25 years has been selling more than 1,000 masks for this event. The prices range from 35 pesos (those made of PVC) to 290 for those that are bigger and include plush components. Next to this stand is another that sells costumes such as of clown outfits and those of the monster from the movie Scream. Prices range from 290 to 350 pesos, depending on the material and the decoration of the costumes. Artisanal masks are also available in this area of the market.

These stands will be open on Saturday, June 14, from 9am–8pm and on Sunday, June 15, from 8am–6pm.

There are two candy stores in the area. One, El Caramelo, is located on calle Pepe Llanos. Employees said that every year they are ready for this occasion when they sell hundreds of kilos of all kind of candies. The other store is on Plaza Cívica. A kilo of candies costs 35 pesos. They will be open on Saturday from 8am–8pm and on Sunday from 7am–3pm.

The Civil Protection Department notes that the consumption of alcohol is forbidden for participants, as is dressing up as policemen, soldiers or nurses. They also advise not throwing candy right at people’s faces and avoiding heavy metal and slam music.

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