This markings on the streets and sidewalks signal the beginning or end of the different turns of processional floats (andas) which cucuruchos (carriers) are allowed to carry before new carriers take over. Cucuruchos pay for as many turns as they can afford or the amount of penitence they feel they should exercise to the Hermandades or Cofradías (brotherhoods). The markings can be as elaborate as shown above or as simple as a red line painted on the side walk. Did you know that each can turn can cost as much as Q60/$8… follow the white rabbit to find out all about the finances of the processions.
The act of being a cucurucho and carrying the float is considered by many an experience worth living. Perhaps one day I will dress in purple and carry a few turns. If you have the opportunity, would you do it?
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