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Parade to Honor St Joseph a Nearly 100-Year Tradition

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By Jesús Aguado

Here in San Miguel de Allende, colorful paper flowers, music, and praises annually honor the often-overlooked saint, Señor San José, the foster father of Jesús, with icons of Joseph from area rural communities taken in procession toward the Church of the Oratorio on Insurgentes.

The annual proceedings begin with a ceremony at Santa María del Obraje on the closest Sunday to March 18. People from communities like La Talega, Cañajo, Don Diego, La Cuadrilla, and San José de la Amistad gather there and adorn the site with yellow and green fabric and giant paper flowers. People place sculptures, photographs, stickers, and stamps of St Joseph on the former hacienda’s pollitos (rustic benches) in order according to size. After a priest blesses the items, the devotees carry them on their heads and leave for the Oratorio. The procession leaves from Santa María del Obraje and travels along the following streets: Calzada de la Presa, Núñez, Mesones, and Pepe Llanos, finally ending up at the Oratorio.

The “San Jocesitos,” as these images of Joseph are also known, spend one night at the Oratorio and the next day return to their communities and the homes of the residents who care for them all year until the next celebration.

Doña Socorro Hernández, in charge of coordinating this procession each year, says it has been going on for the last 90 years. She also feeds the various dancers and locos (dancers in elaborate, outrageous costumes) who march in the procession.

 

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