This past Saturday we headed over to Reforma to check out the 5th annual Alebrije Parade, also known as La Noche de los Alebrijes (Night of the Alebrijes). The parade route begins in the zócalo and continues through the historic center along calles 5 de Mayo, Juárez and Paseo de la Reforma, all the way to the Angel de la Independencia.
La Noche de los Alebrijes helps to promote the work of Mexican artists from across central Mexico and as far away as Oaxaca. On display were hundreds of “monumental alebrijes,” or floats featuring brightly painted fantastical creatures. The monumental alebrijes are giant representations of traditional alebrijes which are often smaller in size, hand carved and hand painted. Some of Mexico’s best alebrijes are produced in the alebrije workshop of Jacobo Ángeles. They’re a popular Mexican folk art and a great souvenir to take with you on your flight home from Mexico.
Here are a few of my favorite photos of the parade…
After the parade, the alebrijes are lined up along the Paseo de la Reforma between el Angél and la Diana. They’ll be there on display until Sunday, November 6th — so even if you missed the parade you still have all week to check out all of the floats.
The alebrije parade is a family-friendly annual event that takes place each October. It’s organized by Mexico City’s Museo de Arte Popular, a museum dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Mexican handicrafts and folk art. If you’ve purchased cheap flights to Mexico City you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Museo de Arte Popular.
Museo de Arte Popular
Revillagigedo 11, Centro Histórico
Tues-Sun 10am-6pm; Wed 10am-9pm
Admission: 40 pesos ($3.30); free on Sundays