Saturday was the dance of the pig (baile de cochinita) It became quite an official ceremony with the proud president and his wife, invited guests and a representative, Donna Olivia, from the governor of Merida in attendance. Donna Olivia crowned the Senorita de St Elena who looked so elegant in her turno. I felt honoured to be introduced to Donna Olivia and she promised to make a visit at my place the next time she is in St Elena.
Her traditional dress was designed with the usual flower motifs but had an added touch of hearts here and there. The red hearts were the logo of our now governor of Yucatan whilst she was doing her campaign.
The band played great traditional music, the heads of the pigs and the live turkey arrived. The crowds were gathering ready to participate in the procession.
St Elena is only one of the places where this takes place during the festival but the tradition is slowly dying which would be a pity.
The girls look so beautiful in their dresses and floral hats and the little mestizas looked so cute.
I have seen many of these dances here in St Elena but this year was the best. A little late in starting but more formal than years previous.
As the procession left the appointed house again a great honour for the household, it was led by the dignitaries, followed by the dancers as they weaved their way through the streets of St Elena .