city at night

city at night

Monday, December 20, 2021

"Navidad" on the Square

Last week I was looking at webcam photos of the Zócalo, Mexico City's central plaza, and it was obvious that plans were underway for an event on the square.


I read on the internet that a Christmas festival was going to take place on the Zócalo.  It was going to include a Ferris wheel, a carrousel, an ice slide and other rides.  They were also setting up a stage for concerts of Christmas music and performances of "The Nutcracker" and "pastorelas". ("Pastorelas" are the traditional Mexican Christmas comedies in which the shepherds outwit the devil in their goal to reach Bethlehem. 

The festival began this past weekend, and from these photos, it appears to be attracting an enormous crowd.



In the night photo, the glare of the lights makes it hard to see, but look at the throngs of people all around the Zócalo.  Are they all waiting to get into the festival?  I am sure that the majority of them are wearing facemasks.  (It has been my experience that the Mexicans are much better about wearing masks than the people up here.)  Nevertheless, I would not feel comfortable or safe being amid such a mass of humanity.


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