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Old March 18th, 2009, 07:41 AM   #1
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Celebration of St. Patrick's Day in México

The town which I refer to as Melaque, is actually three towns seamlessly joined together: Melaque, Villa Obregón, and San Patricio. St. Patrick is the patron saint of San Patricio as in many other towns in Mexico. They all have a Saint Patrick's Day celebration but perhaps the biggest celebration is the Melaque, Jalisco, March 17 celebration.

Festivities begin about a week prior with the Fiesta del Torros which includes rodeo events, bullfights, carnival, parades, blessing of the fishing fleet, folk dances, boxing matches, and nightly fireworks.

In the photo at right, a man bringing up the rear of this parade has just ignited a 4' bottle rocket with his cigarette, a rocket which he was holding upright in his bare hand. These rockets were launched every couple of minutes, traveled high in the sky, and went off with a report like a shotgun.



St. Patrick's Day parade seen from Restaurante Alcatraz.













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Old March 18th, 2009, 09:36 AM   #2
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great pics!!! thanks for posting
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Old March 18th, 2009, 09:50 AM   #3
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WOW!! St Patrick's Day in Mexico! YAY!!

Thx for these awesome pix, and the info!
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Mexicans celebrate, Saint Patrick day, Halloween, Saint Valentine's day, and of course Christmas and New Years Eve.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 10:22 AM   #5
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More information of why México likes and celebrate San Patrick's Day.


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But this celebration is more religion-based, I think.

Is this a person or a figure?

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Old March 18th, 2009, 07:41 PM   #7
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It is a person acting as Saint Patrick
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Very nice shots Jesús E. Salgado thank you
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How fun! Thanks for posting!
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Thank you Taller, Better
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nice shots! You do good work, Jesus.
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Old March 19th, 2009, 05:39 AM   #12
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Thank you for your kind words Mariachi.
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