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Get Ready for the Best Fiesta in Town

By Jesús Aguado

On Friday, September 22, at 5pm the Association of Festivities and Traditions of San Miguel de Allende will hold the 17th edition of the review of the Alborada (dawn), a sort of dress rehearsal for the main event. This comes eight days before the Alborada.

The Alborada is a sanmiguelense tradition dating from December 8, 1924.

Gloria Rodríguez Navarrete, traditionalist, commented that the review of the Alborada was held for the first time by members of the Ballet Foclórico de San Miguel in order to preserve the tradition “without alcohol but with lots of enjoyment,” and they invited families to attend and bring their children,

Rodríguez also commented that the review is held to remember those who brought the tradition to the city, such as Camilo González, who first constructed the large stars, and Eusebio García Resendiz, who brought mojigangas to San Miguel.

For the review of the Alborada, dancers, mojigangas, and musicians gather at Calzada de la Aurora and Puente de Guanajuato, and at 6pm they walk toward the Jardín and meet up at Canal and Hidalgo. From there, they walk together to the Parroquia to sing “Las Mañanitas” to the patron saint.

Outside, the musicians continue playing, and the mojigangas and the attendees dance on a stage set up in Plaza Principal.

The celebration will continue at the Jardín Principal.

 

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