San Pascual Bailón Festivity
By Jade Arroyo
“San Pascual Bailon, dance in this fire stove. You give me the seasoning and I will dedicate a danzón.”
Mexican folk player
San Pascual Bailón is a saint of good-nature and cheerful character who is celebrated with great joy in San Miguel every May 17. Patron of gardening, farming and cooking, San Pascual is usually portrayed in a Franciscan robe, surrounded by sheep and sometimes- in an orchard or inside a kitchen surrounded by culinary goods.
His following since it has much to do with the soil fertility. Dances are offered to him, which come from a ritualistic dance of indigenous origin.
Since ancient times, women had San Pascual Bailón in the kitchen and the food was good and on time, implored the saint, to solve the problems of their devotees, especially those about food.
At prayer legend tells that the saint and forgot to cook. Then the angels came and prepared the food for him, which was always on time.
Devotes pray-different couplets, which are more effective if they’re accompanied by a little dance: San Pascual San Pascualillo, you prepare the sauce, while I pour myself a wine. San Pascual Bailon, dance on this stove, you give me the seasoning, and I dedicate a danzón.
The tradition of the parade of Los Locos, which is held annually on the Sunday after June 13, is part of the worship of San Pascual and celebrates the feast of San Antonio de Padua.
Los Locos have San Pascual Bailon as its patron and during the day they congregate and dance in the courtyard of the Church of San Antonio.
Although the show is more modest than during the parade in June, you can see costumes of fairies, witches, clowns, politicians and grotesque girls dancing merrily to the beat band rhythms, electronic music, and duranguense. There are also kermes with Mexican snacks and sweets for sale. The festival takes place throughout the day.