I arrived at the Zócalo, Mexico City's central plaza. The entire square is presently barricaded while the city does renovations. I have heard that they are improving the drainage system so that the Zócalo doesn't flood during heavy rains.
Near the Zócalo was a lone protestor that I have seen before... a women dressed as the Pope denouncing the Church for trying to cover up the sexual abuse of minors and for protecting the guilty priests. Mexico may be an overwhelmingly Catholic country, but it also has a long history of anti-clericalism.
Just a short distance away from the police and the protests there was music in the air. On 16 de Septiembre Avenue (one of the streets which lead into the Zócalo) this trio was performing the songs and dances of the Huasteca region of Mexico.
Later on the same street, these two fellows were drumming and playing the bagpipes. Their music, however, was definitely not Scottish. It sounded more like something from India.
As I was walking down Madero, there was a performance, right there on the street, sponsored by the Secretariat of Tourism, presenting humorous skits on the history of Mexico. I briefly chatted with a couple of the costumed actors who were waiting their turn to perform.
I had to ask this gentleman who he was supposed to be.
There was no mistaking who this actor was portraying.
It's not every day that you get to talk with famous historical figures!
More to come on my afternoon in the heart of Mexico City...