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Catrinas and Catrines Parades



By Jesús Aguado

Without a doubt, the queen of death is the Catrina, a woman’s skeleton elegantly dressed in the style of the pre- and post-revolutionary age (1880–1910).

La Calavera Garbancera—the skeleton that plants, picks, or sells chickpeas—was the portrait of poverty in Mexico during the Porfiriato (the era in México dominated by President Porfirio Díaz, from 1877–1911). The original Calavera was created by cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada and was originally a skeleton wearing just a hat with colored feathers, an image to mock people who had indigenous roots but pretended to be Europeans. Mexican artist Diego Rivera created the Catrina based on Posada’s image but gave her showy dresses and more accessories. He painted her into his mural Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central (Dream of a Sunday Afternoon at Alameda Park).

In San Miguel de Allende, many of the current Day of the Dead events are fairly new, and some of those are the Catrina Parades.

Three Parades

This year, the Direction of Culture and Traditions from the local administration decided that all the parades ought to be hold the same day (November 1), with the same route, but in different hours.

The parade organized by the Direction of Culture reenacting a funeral and burial from the 1900 will leave at 6:30pm; the one organized by students from different preparatorias begins at 7:15pm. Finally, the traditional Catrinas Parade from Rosewood leaves at 8pm.

The gathering point for the parades is the calle Nueva del Parque. Anyone can join them. They go to San Juan de Dios via: Codo, Hernández Macías, Insurgentes, Quebrada and Callejón de los Muertos,

Since any aspiring Catrín or Catrina can join the parade at any point on the route, it is a free event. Just bring your own bag with candies.


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