Monday, December 26, 2011

The Charros

Debbi and Diego
The cowboys here call themselves Charros and, they take their horsemanship seriously.  They are very proud of their dancing horses,and love to exhibit their skills while riding in the many parades.  My wife, Debbi had an opportunity to ride her horse, Diego in the Independence Day parade on December 16.  Many Americans think that Cinco de Mayo is Independence Day, but, it is really December 16.  Anyway, Debbi was asked by the Queen of the Charros to ride alongside her.  One of our friends has lived here for 18 years, and has never seen a Gringa accompany the Queen.  So, it was a real honor for Debbi.

We live a block from the Plaza Del Toros.  Every town, village, and city has one of these.  They are the old Bullrings.  But, now they use them for mock bullfights, horse shows, and concerts.  The concerts are free sometimes, but, can cost 5 to 15 dollars.  However all we need to do is open some windows in the house, then we have a free concert every Sunday!  The concerts are always on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and, they last for 4 months.

There is a lot of pomp and circumstance in the village.  Someone is always having a party: a graduation party, a birthday party, a Christmas party, Mothers Day party and on, and on. The Mexicans here love their parties.  And, as we live here longer and longer, we get invited to more and more of them.  They have Tequila and beer at some of these parties.  But, it is rare to see someone who has had too much to drink.  I guess nobody wants to be called the town drunk.    Hasta pronto, Ken   

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