LA MOJIGANGA~~~THE MASQUERADE

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LA MOJIGANGA, OR THE MASQUERADE,

A type of street theater / parade dating back to the 17TH century Spain.

In Tlacotalpan today, ” La Mojiganga ” is primarily a street parade performed by children of all ages. The procession gathers in The Zocalo ( the town square ) and proceeds up and down every street in town, led by a brass band.

Some of the children wear homemade costumes, but most carry hand made placards or posters, depicting animals, birds, fish, or other elements that are reflective of their lives in this area, The Papaloapan River Delta.

The artistic values and imagination presented in these costumes and placards are delightful and sometimes stunning !!

The primitiveness and naiveté that the children, with some help, impart into these imaginative displays represent a window into the creativity and resourcefulness of these young people and their families.

With very little resources, found objects, and scarce art supplies…they turn what is in the minds eye into a visual delight.

” La Mojiganga ” is performed on several holidays through the year. Here are a few photos I have taken over the year of ……

” LA MOJIGANGA ” in TLACOTALPAN, VERACRUZ.

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