Sunday, March 10, 2013

Festival del Caballos - A "Somewhere Sunday" Post

This week we journey to Baja California Sur, Mexico for the Festival del Caballos de Todos Santos.

Nestled half way between tourista packed Cabo San Lucas and the more laid back La Paz lies Todos Santos.  An official "Pueblo Magico" it is known as an artist's colony, a surfing paradise and as a palm tree laden tropical oasis.  It is also the location of the annual Festival del Caballos de Todos Santos where dancing horses, trick roping caballeros, and beautifully costumed young women perform the perfectly timed Escaramuza - a synchronized horse ballet.  

The event begins with the Cabalgata - a parade of horsemen (and women and children) who ride into town from distant ranches.  Once assembled at the show grounds, a procession forms and riders and horses alike are blessed by the local padres.  This is a celebration of both horse and rider - a proud acknowledgement of a interdependent history and culture.  It is a celebration of life on the Rancheros.  

Riders performing at the Todos Santos Festival del Caballos


Male and Female costumed dancer at the Todos Santos Festival del Caballos

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