Comparsas in Etla
All year, people who dance in the Comparsas work on their costumes, so
that when the night of the dance comes, the outfits jingle with bells and
mirrors. Dancers line up and parade through town to the plaza,
accompanied by band music. At the plaza, they dance. Some of the dances parody
world leaders like George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden and other represent
events that have taken place in the past year in Etla. The dancers continue
well into the early morning, taking shots of mezcal, it is said, to keep up.