I was privileged to attend some of the events of the 11th Annual Puerto Vallarta Folkloric Dance Festival celebrating Mexican Heritage. The traditional, bright and multi-colored costumes represent a great part of Mexico’s history and culture. There were 13 dance groups from various provinces in Mexico as well as 3 other groups from Chile, Peru and Columbia.

The festivities began with a wonderful parade with dancers dancing along the street to  wonderful music from Mariachi Bands.

According to the Banderas News

16 dance groups from twelve Mexican states and three South American Countries will participate in the Eleventh Puerto Vallarta Folkloric Dance Festival, an annual event organized by Grupo Folklorico Vallarta Azteca and endorsed by the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Art (CIOFF), a partner organization of UNESCO.

…. the festival’s goal is to create bonds of peace and brotherhood between the groups and countries involved, as well as provide Puerto Vallarta residents and visitors with a celebration that brings the colors, music and traditions of Mexico to life through dance.

Out all of the dance troupes that auditioned, only sixteen were selected…

A few of the groups went back to their Aztec roots.

And other groups were in a category of their own…

Including the devil himself…DSC_0651

A wonderful display of Mexican Heritage.