September 29th is the Archangel Saint Michael's day (el dia de San Miguel Arcangel), the patron saint of San Miguel de Allende. The front altar of the Parroquia, the parish church right in the center of town, San Miguel is surrounded by large urns full of colorful and fragrant flowers.
San Miguel is God's commander-in-chief in the war against the Devil. Even thou he is the general of heavenly hosts and a formidable military figure, he looks like a young boy. Church regulations forbid artists to depict sexual characteristics such as beards, breasts... He is seen leaving the Parroquia as part of the celebration and procession through town in his honor.
Part of the procession is a float with a young lady portraying San Miguel with her youthful appearance.
A few ladies are carrying the small shrine with San Miguel back into the Parroquia where is will remain until next year.
Often San Miguel is depicted wearing his shield and carrying his scales, ready to fight or to judge.
It is a weekend of dancing, music, parades, the towns people dressed in different costumes, pageantry and a lot of fireworks! It is an exciting time and not one to be missed.