Alebrijes take over Mexico City

Fantastic Alebrijes take over Mexico City's streets
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After the parade, the monumental sculptures will be displayed in Paseo de la Reforma until November 17

One day, Linares fell unconscious due to an illness and, during a long period of deep sleep, he claimed to have seen a series of mind-boggling creatures

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Fantastic Alebrijes take over Mexico City's streets

Pedro Linares later tried to reproduce the creatures by painting small figures made of cardboard with all sorts of vibrant colors

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Fantastic Alebrijes take over Mexico City's streets

Alebrijes are usually a blend of different animals

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Artisans in Oaxaca make alebrijes carved out of copal wood, which are then painted with bright colors and all sorts of tiny patterns and details on their bodies

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Fantastic Alebrijes take over Mexico City's streets

Mexico City Alebrije Parade is organized by the Museum of Popular Art

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The parade features over 200 monumental papier-mâché sculptures

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Fantastic Alebrijes take over Mexico City's streets

At the end of the parade, the monumental alebrijes will remain in Paseo de la Reforma from Saturday, October 19 to Sunday, November 17

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Fantastic Alebrijes take over Mexico City's streets

The sculptures are created by artisans, artist collectives, and craft workshops

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These mind-boggling colorful creatures have become a part of Mexican folklore

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Manuel Jiménez Ramírez, from San Antonio Arrazola, is one of the main exponents of Oaxaca’s alebrijes

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Fantastic Alebrijes take over Mexico City's streets

The sculptures will remain between the Angel of Independence monument and the Diana the Huntress fountain

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Over 200 alebrijes marched from Mexico City's main square, Zócalo, to the Angel of the Independence in Reforma Avenue

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The event was attended by people of all ages and nationalities as part of the celebrations of Mexico's Day of the Dead

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Alebrijes are fantastic creatures created by Pedro Linares López, a scavenger born in 1906 in Mexico City. One day, Linares fell unconscious due to an illness and, during a long period of deep sleep, he claimed to have seen a series of mind-boggling creatures which he later tried to reproduce by painting small figures made of cardboard with all sorts of vibrant colors.

Learn more about the origin of Alebrijes, the colorful creatures that have become part of Mexican folklore.

Alebrijes are usually a blend of different animals: They may have a lion’s head and the body of a crocodile, or the body of a fish with dragon wings, to name a few. Though they were originally made of cardboard, artisans in Oaxaca make alebrijes carved out of copal wood, which are then painted with bright colors and all sorts of tiny patterns and details on their bodies.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In the vein of this tradition, the 13th edition of the Mexico City Alebrije Parade, organized by the Mexico Museum of Popular Art, will feature monumental papier-mâché sculptures created by artisans, artist collectives, and craft workshops.

The parade will take place next Saturday, October 19. At 12:00 pm, alebrijes of all shapes and colors will march from Mexico City’s main square, locally known as Zócalo, to continue through 5 de Mayo, Juárez, and Paseo de la Reforma avenues, to end in the Angel of Independence monument.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Once the parade ends, the monumental alebrijes will remain in Paseo de la Reforma from Saturday, October 19 to Sunday, November 17 at 20:00 pm.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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