Day of the Crazies, San Miguel

Dia de los Locos or Day of the Crazies celebrates the beginning of summer. It’s one of San Miguel’s most festive occasions, which takes place every year on the first Sunday of June after San Antonio de Padua. It’s basically a large costume party in which the entire town participates.

At dawn firecrackers rouse everyone from a short night’s sleep. Soon afterwards, loud, vibrating Cumbia and Banda music pours into the streets from homes and cars as people start preparing for the festivities. A religious service on the steps of San Antonio church, with everyone already in costume, is the official beginning of the day. People flock into the street, dressed as animals, cartoon characters, political figures or the favorite among young men-drag queens in short skirts, wigs, and too much make-up. (Who says cross-dressing in not alive and well in Mexico.) As the parade weaves through the historic center, participants dance on the cobblestones as they throw candy to the enthusiastic onlookers. It’s Mardi Gras, San Miguel style.

Cucumber Mint Cooler

“Mexican Light” cookbook

Cool and refreshing cucumbers make an irrestible summer drink. A perfect beverage for dancing away a sunny day, dressed in a “locos” outfit of choice.

2     large cucumbers, peeled and roughly chopped
4      cups cold water
2    tablespoons fresh mint
1     tablespoon fresh Mexican lime juice

1. Place the cucumbers in a blender. Add the cold water and fresh mint. Pureé.
2. Strain into a pitcher. Add the lemon juice. Serve immediately.


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