A century ago, this was a celebration of the city gardeners. As decades went by, it has evolved into a carnivalesque and unique event. People in costume honor Saint Anthony of Padua and thousands of participants and thousands of people sit down to see them go by.
And while carnivals usually have comparsas (companies), here there are “cuadros” that is, groups of people who look for a dress-up theme and look to have a good time at the parade begins after the blessing and finishes in the Jardin Principal. In older days the gardeners threw fruits as a gift to those who came to see them, now the cuadros throw candy to onlookers. Music,color and hapiness are unleashed in all their splendor.