San Javier Festival
We arrived Sat. about noon and herded into a “camping” area for 200 pesos for the car and another 200 pesos for the tent, per night. That was the negotiated price.
You are given a 12 x 20 spot, but it is not a hard rule. Take more room if you can find it, was the attitude. We were only 20 ft from the “strip” and heard the fruit vendors recorded sales pitch over and over and over, as well as the festia generator.
The town is not recognizable as there are vendors everywhere selling carnival junk, great food, candies and cold beer. There were bands and musicians at every other vendor. Sat. night entertainment started about 8pm featuring 2 hours of lip sync and karaoke style entertainment [?]. The huge live band started about 1 am but only played till 3 am when they shut the elec down. They were great, getting everyone on their feet to dance. Not much to do except wait for the Sunday Parade of the horses on their way to ride to Constitution. Hiking around the town is breath taking.
If you don’t mind shoulder to shoulder crowds and constant loud noise, it is a fun event. I would go again, but only as a short day trip, as you can see everything in an hour. A 2 star event. On the other hand, visiting the town with out the festival is fantastic. You Do get to see local crafts, meet some warm people and see some beautiful sights.