It's the birthday of the man for whom Morelia is named: José María Morelos.
He was of lowly mixed birth, he struggled to become educated and became a priest in his 30's. In the war for independence he proved to be a brilliant general, and he is always portrayed wearing a really cool bandana around his head. I understand it was soaked in something that helped his chronic migraines... someone correct me if I'm wrong.
President Calderón was scheduled to be here for this holiday and the centro (the historic center of the city) has been closed down to vehicles since yesterday morning and pedestrians could only get through on a few streets. We live just 4 blocks from the parade route, but it took us a half hour to get through the security check point so we missed all the soldiers marching... I could see their helmets in the distance and I think there were thousands!
We got there for the tanks, which, let's face it, aren't as thrilling as floats. But we were entertained by this little girl in front of us. Her other red bobble earring is in her mouth.