People from villages and towns all over the Yucatan state come to parade and show off their hometown pride. It is a joyous event, guaranteed to make you smile like a child with delight.
The national dress of the Yucatan is the huipil. It can be plain, it can be fancy, but it must always be adorned with flowers top and bottom. For the fancier occasions, flowers are also placed in the hair. Lots of flowers.
And a colorful ribbon or two.
But not everybody is dressed in a regional costume. The Mayan culture is well represented in this parade also.
Not all warriors are necessarily what one would describe as "fierce". Unless you are using the gay vernacular.
I loved this little boy. I had a close up of him, looking me square in the eye. But, alas, too blurry to post.
Every village brings with it what they consider to be representative of their town. Baskets of fruits or vegetables, henekin, ears of corn. Some of them are quite creative.
I'm not sure about these bits of cloth hanging from the poles. They are constantly being twirled but I have no idea if they are a regional thing or what, if anything, they represent. Other than be pretty to look at.
Maypole dancing is a popular item. Judging from the number of people participating in it during the parade, it almost seems like a national past time of every village.