Every year the city of Guaymas celebrates one of their proudest events on July 13, when the local militia vanquished a fleet of French pirates from the bay. The Battle of Guaymas is celebrated with numerous events, and one of the most spectacular takes place on the malecón, where folklorico dancers put on a free performance. I had to see it, so I contacted my friend Alejandra, who's usually up for an adventure, and we made our plans.
We got there early enough to watch another local folklorico group, Mazzocoba, doing dances from Northern Mexico in outfits that reminded me of the play "Oklahoma." I took photos, well aware that the flying skirts and whirling bodies would yield little more than interesting blurs.
Then we were treated to some old rock and roll by a well-seasoned 70s group called La Ruqueada, which roughly translates to "geezer." They did some Spanish songs including one of my new favorites, "Si No Te Hubieras Ido (If you had not gone away), and offered several golden oldie US favorites including a Creedence Clearwater medley I couldn't resist singing along with.
While we were wandering the area waiting for more dancing to start, we found members of Tradición Mestiza from Hermosillo backstage putting the finishing touches to their costumes and milling about waiting for the geezers to finish. I wanted photos of them in their splendiferous outfits, and Ale asked them to stand under the light.