This is what El Día de los Locos parade looks like in San Miguel de Allende Mexico in mid-June. Known as the Day of the Crazies this parade is where thousands of Los Locos de San Miguel de Allende march down the cobbled streets of the city in handmade costumes. Los Locos dance in a sort of trance to the sound of Mariachi House music booming from over sized sound systems precariously attached to the backs of pick up trucks. Every year on the first Sunday following June 13, Los Locos de San Miguel de Allende parade in honor of Saint Anthony, or San Antonio.
The parade is believed to have evolved from a Spaniard tradition where agricultural workers dressed as scarecrows would parade the streets giving away goods from their fields to the onlooking towns people.It was then in honor of Saint Pascual, a poor shepherd who had imaginative visions in prayer which appear in representations of Pascual. He was also credited of numerous miracles towards the poor.
It is said that later some of the higher social classes would participate in the parade in order to beseech favors from the Saint but would conceal their favored identities behind masks and costumes.Isn’t that a “Loco” irony that the rich would hide as the poor behind crazy masks and garbs to get favors from a saint. Los Locos de San Miguel de Allende is a craze absolutely worth experiencing.