San Miguel de Allende’s Mojigangas: Giants Walk Among Us

On any given weekend, visitors and residents in  San Miguel de Allende may happen across a wedding, religious, or just a celebratory procession led by one or more colorful, whimsical mojigangas (pronounced mo-he-gan-gas).    In San Miguel de Allende, these dancing mojigangas lead joyful revelers in a “callejoneada”, or small parade of sorts,  through the cobblestone streets and into the Jardin. It is hard not to be completely enthralled with these amazing SMA icons.

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A striking mojiganga adds color and texture to beautiful San Miguel de Allende!

These captivating giant puppets have their roots in the 1600s when the Spaniards brought over their antecedents, Los Gigantes (The Giants).  The original gigantes of Spain were meant to depict the aristocracy and were more symmetrical and resembled a large doll.  In Mexico and some parts of Latin America, these astounding figures took on a more exaggerated form. The enormous decorated heads are burlesque in appearance and made from paper mache while the body is an A-frame structure draped with fanciful garb. Typically, these delightful mojigangas are 15 feet tall. The dancer/puppeteer climbs under the structure (where their feet become the mojiganga’s) and a slight mid-body slit allows them to see.

Mojigangas are intended to be farcical representations of humanity, in all its beauty, whimsy and flaws. They can represent artists, such as Frida Kahlo, some of SMA’s own residents, politicians, Catrinas of the Day of the Dead  and of course, a happy couple. With San Miguel de Allende becoming a top wedding destination in Mexico, bride and groom mojigangas have surged in popularity –  becoming an integral part of wedding celebrations.

We, at Taste of San Miguel Food Tours, love to get caught in the joyful celebrations!

Taste of San Miguel – A Culinary and Cultural Adventure!

 

Who doesn’t visit a city and want to feel like a “local”?  Taste of San Miguel Food Tours (TSMA) does just that.  Food tours are popping up around the globe and with good reason; they are a new and exciting way to “become a local in 3 hours”.  TSMA scoured the city to ensure that the best of the best is represented and what a representation it is. Fresh ceviche, delicious mole, made to order panuchos with cochinita pibil , and a tequila tasting at one of the oldest cantinas in San Miguel de Allende are just a sampling of some of the delicacies enjoyed on this culinary adventure. In the span of 3 hours, tour attendees visit 8 off-the-beaten path eateries and tastings, see some of San Miguel de Allende’s beautiful sights, learn about the city’s culture and history and leave armed with the confidence necessary to continue exploring this beautiful town.

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Co-founder Lindsay Prime started Vallarta Food Tours in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 2011 after realizing that many people were stuck in tourist traps, missing the best that Puerto Vallarta had to offer. She and her husband, co-founder Paul Mayer, wanted to bring the same concept to San Miguel de Allende. We are also excited to have on our team and incredible San Miguel Icon CC Stark . She is a passionate friendly guide with a wealth of knowledge of San Miguel history.

We wanted to create an experience for people to not only taste traditional cuisine, but also learn about the history of the dishes and their importance in Mexican culture,”  Lindsay enthusiastically explains, “We love living here and wanted to showcase why -the food, the culture, the families, the history. Taste of San Miguel Food Tours allows us to do just that!”

 

Taste of San Miguel Food Tours offers unique food and cultural walking tours.  Suitable for all fitness levels,TSMA are perfect for visitors and local alike. Tours are offered Thursdays through Saturdays at 12: 00 pm. Tickets can be bought online at http://sanmiguelfoodtours.com/ and by phone 1-888-457-2210 US or Canada, 322.181.7196 for Mexico.


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