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Annual End-of-Year Celebration Continues to Grow

Pirotecnia

Palmira Brizuela

By Jesús Aguado

On December 31, the music will start playing at 9:30pm in the Jardín Principal and the sky will be lit with fireworks for more than three minutes.

These days, meeting at the Jardín to say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new one is a San Miguel de Allende tradition. People carry with them to the celebration not only sparklers, seedless grapes, and champagne, but some also drag their luggage behind them as a good omen for having a new year full of travels.

Zonia Torres, director of economic development and international affairs, told this paper that a DJ will start playing in the Jardín at 9:30pm. Musician Palmira Brizuela will perform at 11pm. Mayor Ricardo Villarreal will perform the countdown, the bells from the parish of St. Michael the Archangel will ring, and then a pyrotechnic musical event will ensue. Live music with Sonora Dinamita will go on until 3am.

Although Torres did not confirm it, sources say that the pyrotechnic event will feature Luis Miguel’s song and music video for “La Fiesta del Mariachi” and will last three minutes and thirty-three seconds. Miguel’s music video for the song was filmed here in November.

18 Years

Guillermo Gonzalez—in charge of San Miguel’s Tourism Council—said that the New Year fiesta in the Jardín Principal is “relatively” new, but it grows “majestically” year-by-year. According to Gonzales, in order to welcome the oncoming millennium, Rubén Pérez Fryman—president of the Association of Hotels in San Miguel at the time—had the idea to organize a New Year’s Eve party at the Jardín. Soon it became a tradition, and for nine years, music was performed by La Sonora Mazatlán from Celaya. Since then, popular musicians and singers like Celso Piña and Laureano Brizuela have performed onstage for the Jardín’s locals and visitors on each New Year’s Eve.

According to Gonzalez, national tourism in San Miguel was not as popular in the 90s as it is now. There was no particular event in town to celebrate the arrival of the new year, just dinners at classic restaurants like El Atascadero, Bugambilia, and Casa de Sierra Nevada.

 

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