Parachicos

Parachicos is a traditional Mexican dance performed during the Grand Feast in the city of Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico. The festival is held between the 4th and 23rd of January. It honours local patron saints – Saint Sebastian, Saint Anthony Abbot and Our Lord of Esquipulas.

Parachicos
Parachicos

The term Parachicos refers to both dance and the dancers performing it. Each dancer wears a wooden mask, special headdress and brightly coloured long blanket-shaped shawl known as serape (sarape). Dancers play shakers called chinchines (maracas).

Group of Parachicos is led by the masked Patron. He carries a guitar and a whip. He plays a flute. The Patron is accompanied by two drummers. Parachicos and crowd following them carry the statues of patron saints throughout the city. The knowledge of this dance and the costumes worn during its performance are passed from generation to generation.