09 Oct The Alborada
The Alborada is one of the many amazing parties of San Miguel de Allende. San Miguel is famous for their fiestas and this is one of the biggies. First of all, it starts at 4 in the morning. Yeah, that’s right. Starts. Second, it boasts of the largest quantity of fireworks in the whole year. And folks, we are in Mexico where fireworks are an art form. Sleep? Pointless. Might as well sign on for a wicked party.
San Miguel is named after St. Mike, making him the patron saint of the city. The day of celebration is the feast of St. Mike, however these are party people, so the festivities may last for a week or more (my kind of people). So when is this rocking event so you can run out and buy a plane ticket? Whammy! It was last weekend. But in honor of all you fabulous readers out there I rallied for the cause and drank enough tequila for all of us.
Saint Mike, the Archangel, is pretty much the meanest, leather-clad biker of the angel world. God picked this tough-as-nails angel to fight Lucifer (AKA El Diablo) and exile him to hell. Processions carry the image of St. Michael to various churches to bless them and mariachi music and dance follows from place to place. The culmination of this enormous party is the fireworks show that represents the aforementioned battle. It happens at dawn (el alborada in Spanish), at the moment when the light overtakes the darkness. Man, do they know how to light some fireworks in this place! It never ceases to amaze me.