For 8 years the Parachicos have been part of the Representative List of Cultural Heritage. This is the given name to traditional dancers from Fiesta Grande, that takes places every January in Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas.
Fiesta Grande is all about music, dance, gastronomy, crafts, religious activities and anything that enriches and continues tradition in honor of the Lord of Esquipulas, Saint Antonio Abad and Saint Sebastian.
The Parachicos prepare early morning in the butler’s house. And they wear sculpted wooden masks and dress up with sarapes, chales, embroidery and colored ribbons. They also wear a rattle called chinchines. Once they are ready, they head out to the streets to dance and sing around the drum and reed flute, called pito.
They travel throughout town visiting houses and churches where the saints are presented. They are led by a patron, who wears a harsh looking mask, a guitar and a whip.
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Parachicos, tradition of many generations
The dancers are the settlers of Chiapa de Corzo. More than half of the population participates and the dance is inherited from generation to generation. And kids start learning it by imitation. Also, the production of the masks they use in this holidays is a lesson that must be transmitted.
This Parachicos festival represents the syncretism of the integration of indigenous and Spanish traditions. As any other village celebration, it promotes union and has great cultural value.
But you can also be part of this celebration. From visiting, and just looking around or immerse yourself in the Parachicos dance tour, this is a must do tour in Chiapas.
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