Get Ready for the Crazies Sunday!

By Jesús Aguado

Celebration

This year the Locos Parade, in honor of St. Anthony of Padua and St. Pascual Bailón—takes place on Sunday, June 18 at noon.

Route

Those masked crazies—wrestlers, fairies, dolls, super heroes, goblins, trolls, politicians and transvestites—will leave from Ancha de San Antonio and proceed towards the Jardín Principal via: Zacateros, Canal, Hernández Macías, Insurgentes, Pepe Llanos, Mesones, Núñez, San Francisco and Plaza Principal to end up on Canal.

Short Story

The land of San Miguel has always been fertile. In the early 1800’s the gardeners used to dance praying to St. Pascual. It was a strange event that soon captured the attention of onlookers. Since the gardeners did not have space for dancing, they started scaring people, wearing masks, and carrying armadillos and raccoons. People started calling them “Los Locos.” The parade, as we know it now, started around 40 years ago.

The Cuadros

The cuadros (squares) were the first groups of crazies in the city. Currently there are four: Parque, Tecolote, Nuevo, and Antiguo. Each cuadro features 13 groups and a pelotera in the end. La Pelotera is a group of people disguised as they want, but not matching with those of the 52 groups.

 

Prohibition to sell and consume alcohol

The local administration agreed to the prohibition of consumption and sale of alcohol the day of the parade, from 7am-4pm.

Other prohibitions

Use of disguises denigrating women.

The use of live animals.

Political proselytism.

Consuming alcohol during the parade.

 

 

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