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This is the highlight of the week long Bucerias fiesta and is an event not to be missed. Crowds start gathering mid morning when you can see the local riders on horseback in their traditional costumes, the ladies with their beautiful dresses spread out over the horses’ backs. Local dancers, in Mayan type costumes will perform in the grounds of the Church at 11.00.

The fishing boats come from La Cruz and arrive at noon on the beach in front of the plaza. They are decorated with palm leaves, paper flowers and flags. The boats (“pangas”) take it in turns to head at full speed on to the beach, to the applause of the crowd. The passengers representing the different commercial organisations gladly disembark. If the waves are high, when the pangas turn around and head back out there are moments when it seems they might flip over, to a great gasp of dismay from the crowd – and when they don’t, everybody applauds! The participants in the procession to the Church carry fresh caught fish, fruit, bread, even tequila, all to receive a blessing, accompanied by the colourfully dressed Mayan dancers.

A separate event from 4pm features the ladies riding side saddle displaying amazing equine skills – see following article Escaramuzas.

Tonight’s schedule  includes 10.45 pm  the “torito” man running around like a bull with fireworks on his back, 11pm  the Castille metal structure fireworks display, and finally closing after live and DJ music at 1 a.m. (ish).

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