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Guelaguetza in Oaxaca

On the last two Mondays of July, los 'Lunes del Cerro' or 'Mondays of the Hill,' the entire town of Oaxaca, Mexico is home to the 'Guelaguetza Festival.' Each of the seven regions of Oaxaca comes to the party dressed in flamboyant costumes to dance folkloric songs and to share their traditions, food, and music. The parade starts in the main Plaza de Santo Domingo in Oaxaca's downtown, where spectators line up to watch a succession of people of all ages, wearing masks, elaborate flower wigs, pineapples on their heads, and hand-made costumes worn for generations to the tune of drums, flutes, and traditional instruments. The main show takes place in the Auditorio Guelaguetza on the Cerro del Fortín.

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