Day of the Mariachis in Puerto Vallarta , November 22nd is Santa Cecilia day. Santa Cecilia is the patron saint of musician and the celebration on for the Feast of Santa Cecilia is a day the Mariachis play a homage to their Patron Saint in the Plaza infront of the Cathedral of Guadalupe
In Puerto Vallarta as in the rest of Mexico the Mariachis gather in the plaza in front of the church to play homage to Santa Cecilia. The celebration begins with the Mariachis attending a special Mass and then they walk out to the main plaza and start to play the traditional first song – Las Mañanitas ( familiar to everyojne as the Happy Birthday song).If you are in Puerto Vallarta or want to plan a trip to Mexico in the near future this is a special time you would not want to miss. The sound of the Mariachis carries for several blocks thru the historic zone of the downtown area. If you are staying in a private vacation rental villa in that area you may be able to hear the sound of the Mariachis from the terrace of your own villa.
However it is a wonderful sight and worth walking down to the plaza or Malecon, to enjoy close up. The Mariachis are all dressed in their best costumes and in a magnificent setting – it is a very impressive sight.
Here is the schedule of events from our friends at Banderas News
For three days, the Mariachi PV Fest will fill Puerto Vallarta with the sights, sounds and flavors of Mexico – see the fantastic flourish of rope, Folkloric dancing, typical costumes and fireworks; hear the traditional sones and modern music of the Mariachi; taste Mexico’s fabulous cuisine and tequila; immerse yourself in something cultural, spiritual and traditional that is unique to this country – in an experience that is not to be missed.
MARIACHI PVFEST Schedule of Events
Thursday, November 20 at 8:00 pm – Free Event
Los Arcos de Malecon, downtown Puerto Vallarta (See Map)
• Mariachi Festival inauguration led by city authorities and event organizers
• Performances by 2 of the best Mariachi in Puerto Vallarta
• Presentation by Ballet Folklórico “Arte Mexicano”
• Floreo de Reata (Rope flourishing demonstration)
• Fireworks spectacular• Regional tequila tasting
Friday, November 21 at 8:00 pm -$450 pesos
Plaza de Toros La Paloma, Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone (Map)
• Performances by 4 of the best Mariachi in Puerto Vallarta
• Mexican Buffet Dinner, Bottle of Tequila and first corkage
• Presentation by Ballet Folklórico “Vallarta Azteca”
• Floreo de Reata (Rope flourishing demonstration)
• Fireworks spectacular
• Regional tequila tasting
Saturday, November 22 at 8:00 pm – $650 pesos
You might be surprised to know that there are very impressive celebrations for the St. Cecilia in the United States as well. One of the more impressive is in Brooklyn. The musicians credit St. Cecilia as the source of their inspiration to produce great music. To show their appreciation the mariachi bands of New York City gather each November for a marathon of musical display at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual light
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