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BLANCO Y NEGRO

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CHINELOS

We visited the Swallows Day Parade in San Juan Capistrano over the weekend. The most standout of the parade performers, for me were the Chinelos! The word “chinelos” is derived from the Nahuatl word “zineloquie” which means “disguised”. The dance is one of many to develop after the Spanish conquest as native traditions and rites blended into Christian festivals. One of these is Carnival, with its traditions of wearing masks, role reversal, anonymity and behaviors not normally tolerated. The Chinelos became popular in the Mexican state of Morelos and the Federal District of Mexico City, especially the boroughs of Milpa Alta and Xochimilco. This dance developed as a mockery of the Europeans with their fine clothing, beards, fair skin and obnoxious mannerisms. It was so inspiring to see the pride and community of the Mexican people during this parade and the details of the costumes were incredible!

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