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Mexican Revolution Day

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Every November 20 on Revolution Day, the streets in Mexico fill with parades & children dressed as heroes of the Mexican Revolution.

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Mexico celebrates its century-old revolution every November 20 with Revolution Day.

The holiday, which commemorates the 1910 revolution that ended with a democratized Mexico in 1920, is observed in towns throughout Mexico with parades and kids posing as famous revolutionary heroes like the girls dressed as adelitas in the photos below.

Revolution Day Parade 2018 in Ajijic

The Revolution Day parade in Ajijic starts at 9 a.m. on Constitución Street, near where the bottom of the weekly tianguis (market day) is held. It ends about an hour later at the plaza.

Last updated December 26, 2018

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Photos of Mexican Revolution Day

Girls march through the streets of Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico, during the 2014 Revolution Day parade. Carrying baby dolls on their backs the old-fashioned way with rebozos, they represent the famous adelitas, women of the Mexican Revolution.

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Thousands of women were adelitas during the course of the war and about 200 saw combat.

Groups from elementary schools make up much of the parade. Some are dressed as adelitas and carry wooden rifles with bandoliers.

Learn more about the adelitas of the Mexican revolution, also called soldaderas.

A school group recreates the rescues that first responders carried out during the 2017 earthquake in Mexico City.

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Cowboy Silhouette

Cowboy Silhouette

A cowboy demonstrates the precision of his lasso skills during an exhibition on the Day of the Cowboy in Ajijic, Mexico.

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School groups also carry signs depicting famous scenes from Mexican history, like this one portraying the 1913 assassination of President Francisco Madero and Vice-President Pino Suárez by President Victoriano Huerta.

A woman helps her daughter blow her nose.

Many of the boys are dressed as heroes (and villains) of the Mexican Revolution, such as Emiliano Zapata, Pancho Villa and Porfirio Díaz.

A boy with his toy rifle sits on one of the floats during the Revolution Day parade.

A girl dressed as an adelita.

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A boy gallops with his toy horse during the Revolution Day parade.

The adelitas march in the parade on Revolution Day and then stop in formation every block while the crowd watches.

A girl dressed as an Adelita during the Revolution Day parade in San Antonio Tlayacapan, which always celebrates Revolution Day the Sunday after November 20 (which in 2018 will be November 25). Their parade starts a few blocks west of the plaza in San Antonio at 9 a.m.

Adelita during the Revolution Day parade in San Antonio Tlayacapan.

An adelita uses a woven rebozo to carry her doll during the Revolution Day parade in Ajijic.

An adelita walks with her toy horse during the parade.

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A soldadera with her toy horse during the Revolution Day parade.

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A boy holds a torito, or little bull, during the parade. During fiestas, toritos are commonly laden with fireworks and lit at night while the person holding it runs around. This one, though, has no fireworks.

There are always a couple of bandas interspersed between the school groups to pump out the tunes during the parade. Learn more about the popular Mexican music genres.

Cowgirl Esmeralda Ramos riding during the parade. The cowboys are always a part of the Revolution Day parade in Ajijic, as they are with many of the holiday parades during the year.

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Aztec Dancer on Mezcala Island

Aztec Dancer on Mezcala Island

Jaime Rodríguez stands on top of the fort walls on Mezcala Island, a half-mile stretch of land rising out of Lake Chapala, Mexico. A local indigenous group successfully used the island as a fortress against the Spanish during the War of Independence in the early 19th century.

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A little cowboy rides his horse during the parade.

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A cowboy sits and watches the parade pass.

A girl crosses her arms in a moment of frustration during the Revolution Day parade in Ajijic.

A boy with a "Mexico" sombrero laughs during the parade.

A boy sits on a chair on the back of a moving float during the Revolution Day parade in Ajijic, Mexico. Instead of bullets, unshelled peanuts are strapped to his bandolier.

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Girls hold a flag representing their elementary school during the parade.

A boy with a toy drum takes part in the parade on Revolution Day.

Several children's marching bands usually march during the parade.

A boy dressed as one of the heroes of the Mexican Revolution, either Pancho Villa or Emiliano Zapata.

Another boy as a hero of the Mexican Revolution, likely Pancho Villa, not Zapata, since Villa often wore a hat like this one.

Girls dressed as soldaderas walk in the Revolution Day parade in San Antonio Tlayacpan.

A girl helps her classmate with his sombrero during the parade in Ajijic.

Every block or so of the parade, the adelitas dance with the boys in the street.

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A boy aims his toy gun while riding on the back of a moving float during the Revolution Day parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

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Day of the Dead Skull Altar

Day of the Dead Skull Altar

A skull, white cross, candles, dyed sawdust, marigolds, Corona bottles and other offerings adorn an altar on the Night of the Dead in Chapala.

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