The Festival del Mango

BY: DAVID ZIVIC

That is the Official name of this annual event. The end of July will kickstart the celebration of the Todos Santos 12th Annual Mango Festival. The object of the festival is to honor and pay respect to Saint Ignacio. The Festival is centered in the Barrio (neighborhood) that is appropriately named San Ignacio. The festival occurs over the course of a week with several and different events scheduled. Most of the festival's local events will be centered around in San Ignacio and, will traditionally feature 20 food vendors, folklore dancing, music, and other various celebrated style venues. There are two other significant events worth mentioning. A fishing tournament on the beach and a 200-horse parade.  These are very local and somewhat typical of a lot of Pueblos in Mexico. If you enjoy these types of cultural festivities or you are just curious, you should make the short trip. These are family-friendly venues. Please scroll down for the entire calendar. All of these are in or around close to Todos Santos. To be clear, these days and evenings will be "target-rich environments" for the photographer set, so bring your camera.

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The Festival de Mango in Todos Santos

Sunday, July 21

Beach Fishing Tournament at Boca Las Tunas.

The inaugural event is the official name in Honor of Clicerio Mercado and the organizer of the Cabo Tuna Tourney in Cabo San Lucas. Some of you might remember him as the coordinator for the Bisbee tournaments.

All people are eligible, and all tackle, styles, and rigs are all suitable to participate.

Previous tournaments indicate that there are often around 100 entries and on top of that includes also 600 spectators on the beach.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the only eligibility requirement is just showing up!

Entry fees are 150 pesos for adults, 100 pesos for adolescents, and 50 pesos for children, There are cash and equipment/tackle prizes for biggest (weight) fish.

All participants get a logo t-shirt to commemorate the event.

Lines "are in" at 1 p.m.

Sunday, July 28

9 a.m. -7 p.m.

The Gastronomicade Mango in the Todos Santos Centro Plaza, across in front of the Cathedral.

This event might be the best event for those "foodies" out there.

There will be around 20 Vendors with foods, beverages, and candies, all made by local Mangos and prepared by local chefs from local restaurants, artisans, locals and family members who have handed traditional and family recipes.

It is agreeable that the gastronomy industry has become an essential element for the promotion of tourism, and in that sense, the traditional cuisine of Baja California Sur. Travelers from all over the world recognize it.

Wednesday, July 31

Festivities to honor the birthday of Saint Ignacio 7 p.m.

This event will be to celebrate in the quaint La Chapel in Barrio San Ignacio.

There will be opening ceremonies of the fiesta with rides, food booths, arts, and crafts.

The highlight of the night will be the Crowning of the 2019 Mango Queen of San Ignacio at the Art and Cultural Center in the Barrio, in the same venue at 8 p.m. Her name is Xiomara II (pronunciation). She is the II because a previous Queen had the same name.

Friday, August 2

The Saint Ignacio Fair Continues. Now with live music and dancing at 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 3

The Fair continues, and again, there is another band performing and more dancing at 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 4

A traditional Parade (Cabalgata) of around 200 horses and includes the blessing of the horses and riders by the local Pastor. To be clear ... 200 horses and riders is a huge group. The parade is an eclectic informal parade and everybody from "Dandys" Señors and Señoras in total Ranch regality, down to some ranch hands riding bareback. The procession starts in Pescadero at Trapuchete and continues all through the center of Todo Santos, through to the Otro Lado to the Barrio San Ignacio. After this, the Mango themed ceremonies come to a close, and there are a final dance and band with dancing.