Mexico

Featured Photo of Southern Mexican Male Dancer Paying Homage to Catholic Saints

Featured Photo of Southern Mexican Male Dancer Paying Homage to Catholic Saints

Marissa Revilla, GPJ Mexico

A dancer walks through the streets of Chiapa de Corzo, a municipality in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, during the Fiesta Grande de Chiapa de Corzo. The dancer is known as a “parachico,” which, translated literally, means “for the boy.” He wears a mask made to look like a Spanish conquistador. The festival lasts for about two weeks each January and honors three Catholic saints, Our Lord of Esquipulas, St. Anthony the Abbot and St. Sebastian. Parachicos dance as an offering to the saints in homes and churches that have erected altars for them.

Mexico A dancer walks through the streets of Chiapa de Corzo, a municipality in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, during the Fiesta Grande de Chiapa de Corzo. The dancer is known as a “parachico,” which, translated literally, means “for the boy.” He wears a mask made to look like a Spanish conquistador. The festival lasts for about two weeks each January and honors three Catholic saints, Our Lord of Esquipulas, St. Anthony the Abbot and St. Sebastian. Parachicos dance as an offering to the saints in homes and churches that have erected altars for them.

Marissa Revilla, GPJ Mexico