After we settled in, we had a chance to participate in a small parade of schoolchildren and their parents around the village commemorating the feast day. The parade ended in front of the church where the children and several adults performed a few dances, while someone periodically set off fireworks.
|View of the Pancho Villa museum with attached church. When we arrived, a group of women were just finishing up washing the church floor in preparation for celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.|
|Church of the Immaculate Conception|
|We followed the parade of parents and schoolchildren for a little while as they made their way around the village dancing and praying.|
|This young man in a mask circulated around the children as they performed their dance, occasionally twirling his whip.|
|At the conclusion of the dance, the children and parents went into the church for another ceremony and sermon that went on for about an hour.|