early February the town of Tlacotalpan in the
coastal lowlands of Veracruz celebrates two
is a celebration of Son Jarocho, the
traditional music of the region. Musicians,
writers, and dancers from the surrounding
area converge for three days of nonstop
music and poetry. Every group or perfomer
who shows up is guaranteed a few minutes on
the stage. But the music goes on long after
the last official performance as people
gather on streetcorners and in the parks to
play, sing, and dance together until dawn.
second is a celebration of the town's patron
saint, the Virgin of Candelaria. This
celebration draws the religious faithful as
well as partygoers who come for the running
of the bulls and horse parades that
accompany the religious activities.
mix of of the two festivals adds up to a
glorious event that is a unique expression
of Jarocho culture.