Annual January Bucerias Town Fiesta Includes Blessing of the Fleet
Officially 9 days to celebrate Our Lady of Peace – this entails “canons” going off in the early hours every day!
As every year, this runs 16 – 24 January, with food stalls in the Bucerias Central Plaza area and dance displays of different kinds, and many other stalls lining Ave Mexico and Cuahtemoc. Leave your car at home!
Events throughout the Fiesta are mainly in the evenings.
The one constant is the Blessing of the Fleet on the 24th.
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 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 around noon on the beach in front of the plaza 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, and when they don’t everybody applauds.
The procession will go up Guerrero, turn right on Ave Mexico to the Church carrying fresh caught fish, fruit, bread, even tequila, all to receive a blessing, accompanied by the colourfully dressed Mayan dancers.
The fiesta closes on January 24 with more live music and fireworks at around 10:00 pm.
Photo credit to Inside Bucerias
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