The Yucatan Yenta
November 20th is the anniversary of Francisco Madero’s call for social reforms in Mexico in 1910, in opposition to President Porfirio Diaz. He was eventually executed for this and is a true national hero.
This day is celebrated all over the country, and here in Merida there are events all weekend.
This morning at 7 a.m., the four-hour parade began. Every school, every government department, every emergency service, every exercise class, auto racers, skaters, military, police and fire, every group under the sun marched in that parade and they were all fabulous. Who knew so many schools and health departments had so many talented trumpet and drum players, such disciplined marching, such acrobatic stunts?
The costumes were stunning. Women in colorful long dresses of the period and gentlemen to accompany them. There were dozens of Pancho Villas, Emiliano Zapatas and Francisco Maderos.
We dutifully staggered out to the base of the Paseo Montejo at 7 a.m. and they started to march by, many of them with bands. Hundreds and hundreds of marchers. Some of the women were wearing high heels! They’d already gone from the monument to the base of the Paseo, about a mile, and everyone still looked happy.
Here are some of the marchers.
Human pyramids were popular with the marchers as were athletic feats and manly arts, such as boxing and wrestling. Some of the stunts involving jumping over large groups of people and landing in one piece on a mat were truly impressive.
This is the intelligence division of the State police, by which they mean undercover officers. The men in this group were dressed like bums, construction workers, fruit vendors, etc.