Just another day in the neighborhood

Just when you think that it's going to be a quiet, uneventful Saturday afternoon, the faint sounds of a tuba playing can be heard a couple of blocks away.

Today was our barrio's turn to host El Señor del Encino before he returns to his home in the nearby ranch community of Ocotes de Moya.

Under normal circumstances, El Señor del Encino is accompanied by loud cohetes (fireworks).  But the town's cohetero (firework technician), who was also one of Hope's teachers,  passed away at the beginning of this year in a fiery accident.

Here is a short video of our barrio's farewell:

With Love,


  1. Considering the emphasis placed on marching in the public school systems here in Mexico, that band was a little ragged on dressing those lines up ;-)

    Your piro guy died in a fiery accident? Would like to hear about that.

  2. Leslie,
    I noticed that El Señor was carried by only four young ladies. That "andas" (float) looked fairly heavy! Did you take a turn?

  3. I'm also curious about the ladies carrying the float!! Is there a reason why the men were slacking off? Some sort of tradition?

    Very cool, though! We don't get many cultural parades like that in Cancun.

  4. CALYPSO: Hubby and I noticed that too! Our eldest son has joined the school's "Banda de Guerra" this year and will be learning all about the keeping in line.

    About our pyro guy...it was just terrible! The man was loading his camper with tons of fireworks for a religious fiesta at a nearby rancho. Unfortunately, the man was also smoking as he worked. And we all know what happens when you add fire to fireworks. A very loud "BOOM" was heard all over town. The man was blown from his truck and landed on another truck at the other end of the block. The whole town was saddened by his death because he was a well-loved teacher at the secundaria.

    BOB: I haven't helped carry El Señor, but maybe someday! :D

    GRINGATION: Welcome to my blog! I wish I had an interesting answer to your question. No one I asked could give me an answer as to why the women were the ones carrying El Señor. Finally, someone said it had to do with the time of day. Most men were at work at that hour, so the women took control! I'll keep asking and let you know, because I'm curious too!

  5. Leslie sorry to hear about the accident how awefull.
    Your getting good at these videos keep em coming I love it.

  6. Stopping by from SITS and wishing you a Happy Thursday!!! :)

  7. Just loved this post... coming from SITS. Random, but are you going to Bloggy Boot Camp in Baltimore?

  8. That is very interesting. I'm always so fascinated by cultures in other countries, esp mexico since I have an adopted Mexican son.
    Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest