Mexican Social Revolution Day Parade

Beryl Gorbman
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.



Superwoman Mary with her IMSS workout group


Revolutionary biker

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.

Lots of groups piled on top of each other





Scary guys


Stage diving

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.

Undercover police


About BG

Beryl Gorbman is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle WA and Merida Yucatan Mexico. She has published two works of fiction, 2012: Deadly Awakening, and Madrugada. They are both available on Amazon and other outlets. Also at Amate Books, and Casa Catherwood in Merida. You can read about them in various articles on this site.
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One Response to Mexican Social Revolution Day Parade

  1. Joanna says:

    Absolutely wonderful photos, Beryl!

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