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in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, every December 1-12
Every year at this time various organizations, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, groups, associations
and whole neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding areas participate
in the processions to the city's principal Church of Our Lady Of Guadalupe
in one of Puerto Vallarta's main attractions and festivals.
The beautiful interior of Puerto Vallarta's Our Lady of Guadalupe church in downtown off the main plaza
during the first days of the celebrations in December 2013
Many dozens of groups of dancers take to the streets during the Guadalupe celebrations
and are roundly applauded after their performances.
As the processions pause along calle Juarez, which is closed in the evenings,
they perform for several minutes at a time.
One of the drummers who keeps the rhythm for the dancers in the street who
are all colorfully dressed in traditional Aztec garb with beads, head-dress and feathers
Dancing in Juarez street in front of the city hall in
their festive garb and feathered head dresses
The group from Medasist Hospital arrives downtown along Juarez street - with the main plaza or Zocalo
pictured in the background off to the right
Marching band on Juarez Street during the December 2017 celebrations downtown
How festive and colorful the crowds - one of the enjoyable attractions and fun things to see and do
in Puerto Vallarta at this time of the year.
Late evening festivities include lots of street food at the one of the downtown stands and visiting
among family and friends - catching a bite to eat on Iturbide street during the yearly Virgin of Guadalupe event
The main plaza in downtown Vallarta is full of people many nights and has many vendors selling food, desserts,
souvenirs, sweets and trinkets during the celebrations
Remembering the apparition of the virgin Mary to the peasant Juan Diego in 1531
Popular Old Town restaurant Cafe de Olla and the Hotel Yasmin - in gay-friendly Puerto Vallarta
"Lord, you have given to your people the maternal protection of Mary the ever-virgin mother
of your Son, and by her intercession grant us that we always remain firm in faith
and serve with sincere love our brothers..."
The processions all go down or up Juarez street to the downtown Cathedral entrance -
Here are some dancers representing Barcelo, one of the large hotels in town.
These twelve days of events during the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in gay-friendly Puerto Vallarta
are among the most beloved of all the city's tourist attractions and are attended
by many thousands of participants, locals and foreign visitors.
Lead of the procession by the Agua Azul colonia/neighborhood
The Krystal and Hilton hotels
"My lady, queen, owner of my heart....we come to venerate and to adore you"
One of my favorite shots of the lovely and festively decorated interior of Our Lady of Guadalupe church in downtown
puerto Vallarta on December 11, 2015
Along the main downtown malecon boardwalk during this time of year one finds many people out walking
and such traditional Christmas decorations as these adorning the city
For the final night of December 12, the streets of downtown and the main plaza area packed
with many thousands of people in procession and as bystanders
Hola y adios!
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