It is Saturday afternoon and most the people sitting out here in El Jardin are hispanic. They range from toddlers to teenagers to barely living 'little old ladies'.
A little girl with red tights and a black and white stripped dress ran out in front of me chasing a pigeon then got distracted by a 3 legged dog sitting with the gringa beside her and her parents.
Suddenly a Mariachi band starts up in the pizza restaurant to the east of the church and the family sitting next to me starts singing along with them.
Just as suddenly the church bells start ringing letting all know it's 6pm.
The minute the sun dropped out of the sky the temperature dropped too. By 6:30 I was getting cold so I went into Starbucks to try and write this blog. Technical difficulties made me move to an interesting restaurant around the corner called 'Los Milagros'. It is filled with art, both large "milagros" and the three dimensional tin box art that I love.
Once I was back outside there was a cacophony of different dramas taking place. An entire group of 20 somethings were being entertained by a Mariachi band. Many were singing along while one young man serenading the rest of the group with hilarious theatrical antics.
At the same time there was a group of young men competing with each other in a form of street dancing. There is a video on my facebook page here: (it is the first video you see called Jesus)
Also happening in the cacophony of El Jardin on this warm Saturday night was a group of actors and singers doing silly songs. You can see that video at the same link above only scroll down the page to the second video.
Lastly there is one more video on that page that shows the last 3 minutes of the light show on the church. It was a spectacular display complete with gregorian music that overtook the cacophony of El Jardin for 15 whole minutes.
In Mexico it seems people love to come together to sing and dance... yona c. riel