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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:21 am

Starts on Tuesday, November 21/17 and usually runs for 9 days however someone said it would be longer this year and end Dec. 3/17. Music and beer gardens in the plaza.


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Post by ChecMark on Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:39 pm

Is there anywhere that has a schedule of all the vents? I would like to post it on my website. Thanks!

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Post by simpsca on Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:57 am

Found this information here - http://www.ajijicnews.com/pages/nov_dec_fiestas

The San Andres Fiesta starts November 21st, the preview Procession de los Alegoricos (a procession of floats with Biblical themes) will actually happen on the 21st, also, around 4-5pm, starting at the back of the San Andres Church on Calle Galeana, up to Guadalupe Victoria, down Aldama to Constitucion and Ocampo and back to the San Andres Church- an unusual confluence of celebrations of a National holiday and a local Patron Saint's day on the same day! This is so only in Mexico!! Actually, only in Ajijic. I love it! You can spend the whole day celebrating with the people, as well as celebrating your great good fortune to be in this enchanted village.

Ajijic November BandaNot to miss a beat, the biggest event of the year in Ajijic - the San Andres Fiesta - starts the 21st! There will be morning, noon, and night cohetes (sky rockets), church bells. and possibly bandas in the streets to announce the Masses that will be held. Various processions will proceed from different neighborhoods on different days, at different times of the day, depending. Patron Saint Fiestas are funded and organized by different groups of the townspeople each day, and each will have their own unique presentation. Each night, there will be procession to the church at 6:30 for the 7pm Mass. The last night of the fiesta is sponsored by the Absent Sons - those who have gone to the US to work and send money home to their families, and is always the biggest night of the fiesta with the plaza packed with young adults who haven't seen each other in a while - a very joyous occasion.

Usually only lasting until Nov 30th, this year will go until Dec. 3rd. Weekly music to end at 2am, weekend music to end at 3am.

Nov. 22 is the feast day of Saint Cecelia, patron of music, so there will be extra classical and other music performances at the church in the evening. The excitement gradually builds every night until the actual Feast Day of San Andres on November 30.

There will be street closures during the fiesta around the plaza and church to accommodate various vending stands and kids' rides. The Calle Zaragoza bus will not be dropping into town; you'll need to go to the carretera to catch the westbound bus.

Ajijic CastilloEach night starting around 8 or 9pm after the evening Mass, from the 21st to the 30th, the feast day of San Andres, there will be bandas performing in the plaza for your dancing pleasure, food, drinks, rides, and a different castillo will be constructed and lit each night around 10:30 or 11 in front of the church along with with more fireworks. Castillos are structures like scaffolding which will be wired with many sizzling, spinning, sparkly things. They defy description - you simply have to see them; during the afternoons, they will be under construction by fearless young men - a fascinating sight to see in itself. Then the music and dancing usually continue past midnight.

The whole event is off the Richter scale of fun, especially at night. If you don't live right in Ajijic, be aware that the above is the standard Patron Saint Fiesta routine for every Catholic Church and/or town in Mexico. These fiestas are attended by most of the people in town - all ages, from babies to kids, to teens and young adults, to parents and honored grandparents. There is wonderful family fun for people of all ages! Babies and toddlers often sleep in the plaza right in their parents' arms while the bigger kids enjoy the festivities.

Guadalupe Festival AjijicFour days after the San Andres Fiesta is over, the 9-day Fiesta de Guadalupe starts in the Guadalupe parish on the west side of town near 6 Esquinas. It concludes on December 12, which is Guadalupe Day all over Mexico, as the Virgin of Guadalupe is the Patron Saint of all of Mexico, and loved and revered by nearly all Mexicans. The above mentioned Fiesta schedule will be happening in the 6 Esquinas area for 9 days, with a final procession around town on the 12th. This procession starts at the Guadalupe Church, heads east on Calles Ocampo y Constitucion, up Calle Galeana to Calle Zaragoza, and back to 6 Esquinas for the rousing last night of the fiesta complete with bandas, castillos, and fireworks. Calle Ocampo will be closed down at night for the fiesta activity.

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Post by suegarn on Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:27 am

Thank you Simpsca, for all the details on the festival. Very helpful, especially the information about the westbound bus on Zaragoza not running during this time. Saves me looking like a fool standing on the corner of Zaragoza and Colon, wondering why the buses aren't coming.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:27 am

They have some really good bands at the plaza this year. Events are nightly and usually start around 8:00pm. Go up and have fun in one of the beer gardens. Entertainment runs until about 2:00am. Viva Ajijic!!!

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