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New Year’s Day

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New Year’s Day, which is one of the more recent additions to Ajijic’s calendar of festivals, is a wacky celebration of various themes and influences that ends in an afternoon football game against two neighborhoods.

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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

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Photos of New Year’s Day

People dressed a human versions of Mexico's famous lottery game, which is kind of like bingo.

People dressed a human versions of Mexico's famous lotería, which is kind of like bingo.

A group portrays the 2017 Disney animated film Coco, which is about The Day of the Dead.

A group portrays the 2017 Disney animated film Coco, which is about The Day of the Dead.

Kids make up a scene on the back of a float during the New Year's Day parade.

Kids make up a scene on the back of a float during the New Year's Day parade.

Parade goers push the racist-in-chief, Mr. Donald 'Trompas,' through the 2017 New Year's Day parade. The 2018 parade was led by a figure dressed as Donald 'Tiny Hands' Drumpf with giant huevos. Members of the crowd were invited to give him swift, well-deserved kicks to his sterile 'eggs.'

Parade-goers push the racist-in-chief, Mr. Donald "Trompas," through the 2017 New Year's Day parade. (Trompas means trumpets.) The 2018 parade was led by a figure dressed as Donald Drumpf with giant testicles, as shown in the video below. Members of the crowd were invited to give him swift, well-deserved kicks to his "eggs." Donald Drumpf kicked off his 2016 presidential campaign by calling Mexicans rapists, criminals and drug dealers, so Mexicans naturally hate him and don't want his supporters living in their community.

Watch the racista en jefe (racist-in-chief) get kicked in the balls during the 2018 New Year's Day parade:

New Year's Day

The puppet master adjusts his hat as kids pretend to be marionettes on a moving float during the 2015 New Year's Day parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

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A man wearing a Mexican lucha libre mask sits on the tailgate of a truck as musicians play along to pre-recorded hip hop music during the 2015 New Year's Day Parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

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It's this man's job to use this stick to make sure that none of the floats gets snagged in the overhead utility cables in the street.

It's this man's job to use this stick to make sure that none of the floats gets snagged in the overhead utility cables in the street.

A vaquero takes part in the 2015 New Year's Day parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. The cowboy is still a part of everyday life, as well as a lifestyle, for some outside of Mexico's cities, and they're often an essential part of a holiday that's celebrated in a pueblo.

A vaquero takes part in the 2015 New Year's Day parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. The cowboy is still a part of everyday life, as well as a lifestyle, for some outside of Mexico's cities, and they're often an essential part of a holiday that's celebrated in a pueblo.

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A girl dressed as an angel rides on a horse during the New Year's Day parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

A girl dressed as an angel rides on a horse during the New Year's Day parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

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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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Aztec dancers take part in the final day of the month-long October celebration for Our Lady of the Rosary in Ajijic, Mexico.

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