Favorite Pictures: Costumes

Costume 6Original post: Mexican Costumes for the Spring Equinox

Location: Pyramid at Xochitécatl, Tlaxcala


Mexican Costumes for the Spring Equinox

More pictures from the spring equinox atop the Xochitécatl pyramid… on the way down, a small parade of equinoctal(?) celebrants was heading up.  I wish I had more to say about these truly spectacular costumes except: Enjoy!

Costume 6

As a tourist, I often tend to shy away from people in “traditional” garb performing dances or other activities for the sole purpose of delighting gringos.  But here at Xochitécatl, where tourists from anywhere but Mexico are few and far between, I was struck with a sense of realism and authenticity, so much so that I felt horribly awkward photographing the parade of figures and something inside me wouldn’t let me turn to follow them.  Perhaps I thought that if I were dressed like that, I wouldn’t want pictures taken; perhaps after three hours hiking in the sun and dust, I was just done for the day; or, perhaps, I was just thinking that culture isn’t meant to be gawked at by some American with a camera.

On the other hand, Mexico has this amazing quality to surprise, where public displays often saved for tourists sometimes turn out to be real; where the colors and the energy and the sheer spectacle are every day.  Perhaps, living in Mexico City, it’s that I no longer see something so beautiful and think, “I should follow that because I may never see something like it again.”


México, D.F.

Part Time Job

For the last week, one of the (many) pharmacies by my house has been advertising.  A man, presumably, dressed inside a cartoonish pharmacist costume, has stood out in front.  Two large speakers are built into the back of the costume and the guy stands there, bobbing up and down, to a rhythmic and repetitive “doot doot doot.”  It’s not plugged in, so he must carry a battery with him, too.  The costume’s movement was so mechanical (literally a bob up and down), at first I thought it was a machine.  I mean, who would wear a heavy, hot costume like that?!?   But then I saw some lady step out of a car and give the costume a peck on the cheek, a traditional Mexican greeting.

An advertisement for the pharmacy

An advertisement for the pharmacy


México, D.F.