Ajijic kicks off the new year with a parade of wacky floats and themes that ends in a friendly football competition between two neighboring streets in the west part of town.
The parade usually starts at 1 p.m. at Seís Esquinas in Ajijic and ends at the Tecoluta soccer field. At around 9 p.m. there at the field, you can see a traditional torito, which is a bull-shaped fireworks display. People hold it over their heads and run around as it sends out sparks, a popular nighttime tradition during some fiestas in Mexico.
2019’s New Year’s events didn’t include the soccer game as the field was flooded due to Lake Chapala reaching 90%+ capacity that year. The lake is lower this year, so the events at the soccer field should probably be taking place for New Year’s Day 2020.
The New Year’s Day parade is a relatively new addition to Ajijic’s many traditions, starting in 2000 as an initiative by the Seís Esquinas neighborhood.
New Year’s Day Parade Route
Last updated January 4, 2020
Photos of New Year’s Day
Watch the racista en jefe (racist-in-chief) get kicked in the balls during the 2018 New Year's Day parade:
Fine Art Photography of Lake Chapala
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.