One of my favorite things about living in Playa del Carmen is the amazing frequency with which we run across unexpected things. One night earlier this week was no exception. We were walking to a Christmas party with our hands full of wrapped gifts and rain pouring down on us, just trying to stay kind of dry and not step into the deepest puddles. Right about the time I noticed that our wrapping paper wasn’t very waterproof I heard a sound and looked up the block to the next cross street. What did my eyes behold but a parade! The rain let up and we stood for a few minutes watching hundreds of people with candles, cakes and homemade floats pass by. Deidre and I looked at each other and shrugged “Any idea what’s going on?” Neither of us had a clue but it turns out the parade (and many others) was dedicated The Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe (La Guadalupana) and we had just happened upon it. The celebration continued for the next 24 hours with fireworks and mariachi bands playing in our neighborhood late into the night. We are definitely going to keep an eye out for other Saint’s Days in the future.

Have a great weekend and watch out for random parades!