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Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta

by Cara Gourley on December 14, 2010

The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a 12 day festival celebrating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Mexican citizen Juan Diego in 1531. The festival culminates on December 12th.

During this time Puerto Vallarta is filled with parades, street vendors and entertainment. Expect to see Aztec folk dances, candlelight processions, fireworks and floats with children dressed as Juan Diego and the Virgin Mary. People fill the streets, snacking on street food and chatting with friends.

The festival concludes at the beautiful Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the center of downtown Puerto Vallarta.

If you are visiting Puerto Vallarta in December – this is a must-see!

Here are some photos I took at the parade on Saturday, December 11th-

The Entrance to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Street Vendors in Downtown Puerto Vallarta

"Hot Dogs," Fried Bananas and other Street Food

Girls Performing in the Parade

Children as Angels in the Parade

Child in the Festival

Float in the Parade

Carrying Candles in the Parade

Children in the Parade

A Child as Juan Diego

Cara Gourley
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