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Fall Fiestas, San Miguel de Allende

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It may seem as if every weekend welcomes another colorful fiesta in San Miguel, but it's in September that the city really goes loco. Mexico's Independence Day is heralded on the 15th and 16th of the month with parades, concerts, and firework displays; the celebration of the city's namesake Mexican revolutionary, Ignacio Allende, is celebrated on the third Saturday of September. The highlight of the latter is Pamplonada, the annual running of the bulls through Jardín Principal—a small-scale version of the spectacle in Pamplona, Spain. During the final weekend of the month is the Festival of San Miguel, held in honor of the city's patron saint. Dance troupes and bands from all over Mexico descend upon San Miguel for parades throughout the weekend. Pilgrims from parish churches around the city carry xuchiles—tall, heavy wooden crosses covered with elaborate patterns using white agave, gold marigolds, and cactus bulbs.—Maribeth Mellin

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