The WTO summit ended, life resumed its course in Mexico. Far from the seaside frenzy of Cancún, the animation will be to seek, in October, in Guadalajara! As every year for the last thirty-seven years, the city is preparing to live to the rhythm of its Octubre Fiestas, during which will be linked, from October 3 to November 2, a myriad of cultural and festive events. With an eclectic program, which leaves you spoiled for choice ...
A city in turmoil
October is an opportunity for Mexico's second city and capital of the state of Jalisco to remember that it is proud of its cultural heritage. We think of course of its architectural heritage, with its historic center marked with the colonial imprint, its pedestrian streets, its palaces and its churches. But Guadalajara is also the cradle of the mariachis, these traveling musicians in picturesque costume who alone embody the traditional image of Mexico. Music and dancing are an integral part of the local culture, and Guadalajara, you might expect, loves to party. For a month, it will be served!
The Fiestas de Octubre are the pretext for shows of all kinds, so there is something for everyone. Concerts, exhibitions, sports activities, folkloric or classical ballets, etc. are offered throughout the city: the program, this year under the theme of Tales and Legends, is vast and impossible to detail. As we will not be able to see everything reasonably, two solutions remain: either we go for the pifometer, or we plan a planning studied to the millimeter!
Rhinestones, muscles and sequins
The festival, which is about to experience its thirty-eighth edition, is today a real institution. There is therefore no question of joking with the protocol, it is necessary to do things in the rules ... By starting by electing the queen of the year, who will become the ambassador responsible for promoting the event. At the time of writing this article, the suspense remains total: who, Katia, Mariana, Mayra, Berenice or Susana, will be crowned? Festival preview response, September 27 starting at 20 p.m., Plaza Fundadores. If you're there, let us know!
Let's get to the heart of the matter, while remaining in the glitter. Nearly two million spectators are expected to attend the grand opening parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m. on October 5. In honor of the theme of the 2003 edition, the allegorical floats will take the form of witches, mermaids, pirates or the headless knight, all of whom are characters told in local legends.
Many concerts are on the program, in eclectic styles, ranging from that of ultra-kitsch rocker Enrique Guzmán (go listen to his site in Spanish www.enriqueguzman.com, it's worth the detour) to bandas, Mexican brass bands . There is also dancing, whether it is folk or classical troupes. Performances of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake will be given in a natural setting, at the lake in Rehilete Alcalde Park, from October 30 to November 1.
When it comes to entertainment, we don't forget sport, with a squash tournament, a football cup and the national indoor rowing championship. When we told you that there is everything!
The crazier we are...
The characteristic of the Fiestas de octubre is therefore eclecticism. A qualifier that applies both to the nature of the events and to the target audience. As we have seen, sports enthusiasts will be in heaven, as will art lovers who will be able, for example, to visit the photo exhibition by Óskar Ruiz Esparza, on the theme of “Enchanted Guadalajara” (from September 28 to October 31, Plaza Tapatía). Men and women are treated with equal attention, as in sports competitions which include both a football tournament and a women's volleyball cup.
Finally, adults are not the only ones interested, since an entire section of the festival is reserved for children. Under the pretty name of Canica Azul (the blue ball), it offers the youngest all kinds of activities full of fantasy. They will be able to learn painting or singing, experience the staging of traditional tales using black light games or even play pirates. Everything is there to give a taste for culture and celebration to those who will take up the torch in a few years!
Or sleep ?
- Hotel Posada San Pablo, Madero 52) 33-36-14-28-11. Be careful, no sign outside. Cheap. In a large, quiet house, very spacious bedrooms, with or without bathroom. Prefer those overlooking the 1st floor terrace. Everything is very clean. The owner has been keeping watch for several decades.
Where to eat ?
- La Chata, Corona 52) 33-36-13-05-88. Open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight. Always in the world. That says a lot about the quality of the Mexican specialties we eat there.
Where to have a drink? Where to dance?
- Terraza Oasis, in Morelos between Colón and Galeana. Phone. : (00-52) 33-36-13-82-85. Open every day from 11 am to 21:30 pm A huge room on the 2nd floor, which overlooks the street. Here it is popular Mexican reign as you will only taste it in the north of the country. From 18 noon, an orchestra begins to play and the hall to shake. Young engaged couples, retirees, mismatched couples jostle on the dance floor. Not to miss. In addition, the prices are as cool as the atmosphere.
- The festival program, as well as the places where tickets can be purchased, is available in Spanish on the site www.fiestasdeoctubre.com.mx.
- Mexico Tourist Office: 4, rue Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, 75002 Paris. Phone. : 01-42-86-96-13. Open Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 13 p.m. and 14 p.m. to 18 p.m. Internet: www.mexique.infotourisme.com.