Unlike other parades and processions I’ve seen in San Miguel, the Independence Day parade consisted almost entirely of school groups, beginning with primaria students, followed by secondaria, then prepa, then those from local universities. Adults were represented by the Transit Police, the Municipal Police, beauty queens, and the re-enactment of the Father Hidalgo and Ignacio Allende contingent. There were no bands but almost every school had a drum and bugle corps. There was also very little applause, unlike most parades I’ve witnessed in the United States. It’s an important day for teachers, chaperones and school administrators who try to keep their charges in line and aligned. The crowd was smaller than either the Easter procession or the Day of the Locos parade.
At 11 last night I could hear the re-enactment of El Grito, the cry for Independence followed by a half-hour of fireworks and hours and hours of music.
The Mazatecan languages are spoken in Oaxaca, Puebla and Veracruz. Unlike Spanish, the Mazatecan languages are tonal. Flor Ramirez Martinez, 12 years old, sings the national anthem in her native tongue.
Otomi is spoken near San Miguel.
Náhuatl was the language spoken by the Aztecs and is the most widely spoken indigenous language in Mexico.