Los Locos Parade; Among Music, Candies, and Umbrellas
By Jesús Aguado
Who is crazier, the attendees or the dancers?
We would have to ask the opinion of each onlooker and dancer, but what is true is that regardless of the scorching sun and the fights between the people to get the best spot, the annual Locos Parade to honor St. Anthony of Pádua was different, was unmissable, and was just perfect and marvelous and great!
More than 15,000 beings from the most fantastic dreams and exciting lands, as well as those from the most horrible nightmares, made their appearance once more on the main streets of the city, turning it into rivers of music, colors, and odors—some good, others a little bit bad—while they threw tons of candies on their way to the Jardín.
At 10am the locos started gathering at Salida a Celaya, and the spectacle was funny.The most unpredictable friendships emerged while they waited for the rocket marking the beginning of the parade. It was easy to see a Peppa pig talking with the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood, as well as the witch from Snow White dancing with a mummy. At Salida a Celaya—as they appear in formal photos—the most popular local politicians danced, talked, and even hugged each other.
According to the Civil Protection Department, there were more than 15,000 locos dancing, and more than 40,000 people attended to enjoy the annual show. The people maintained their umbrellas inside out or upside down in order to catch as many candies as possible.