Candy, umbrellas and locos
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
More than 10 thousand locos—crazies—dance don the streets as a tribute to St. Antonio de Padua. On the sidewalks, more than 50 thousand people gathered to enjoy the parade and at the passing of the locos they shouted in unison “candy, candy!”
On Sunday, June 15 at 10:30am, the four cuadros of locos in the city attended to a mass in their honor, held at the esplanade of the parish of St. Antonio. At the same time, hundreds of crazies and their allegoric cars were gathering on Salida a Celaya, where the onlookers did not miss the opportunity of having a picture with the showiest disguises.
At 12pm the music was stopped and a dozen of fireworks were released as well as white balloons and the parade started, headed by the Cuadro del Parque, where the members were disguised as rag dolls. The event continued with all kind of creatures such as: dragons, fairies, robots, orchard workers, demons, angels, clowns, and characters from movies.
This year, the streets were narrower for the parade because people wanted to be as close as possible from the locos in order to get dulces, some attendants prepared their umbrella upside down to catch the candy. After two hours, the parade ended.
The local Civil Protection Department provided the listed figures and informed that no crimes were reported during the event.