Mojigangas in the Jardin, San Miguel de Allende

A frequent sight in San Miguel are the Mojigangas or Locos as they are more commonly known. These twelve-foot high giant sized puppets cavort and dance in the Jardin or down the streets during parades. While found elsewhere in Mexico, San Miguel is famous as the home of some of the best, created either by the local Valle del Maiz group lead by Don Leopoldo Estrada (Don Polo) or by Hermes Arroyo. It is believed that these figures of cardboard, paper and cloth were brought to Mexico by the Spanish around 1600 and were used to lighten things up a bit during the sometimes grueling religious pilgrimages.

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