The history of the city goes back much before Elvis Presley decided to sing this song.
When we show off the Pearl of the West, as it is also known, to the average vistor who are wise enough to hire a licensed tour guide, we relate physical testimonies of our culture and history from those of us who lived, and suffered the City of Roses before us. A Guadalajara city tour is more of a transmision of our cultural values that shaped this city we inherited, we preserve, and share today. These values are expressed in our music declared intangible patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO that also lists the Agave Tequila Landscape, haciendas, and impressive Cabanas Cultural institute building.
illuminating the city with notes of Mariachi, flocklor and dance.
477 years ago an February 14th. The inauguration of the Guadalajara foundation was remembered with nostalgia. Throughout the years the traditions and the provincial soul of this growing city are maintained. This year is commemorated with an event called GDLUZ (Guadalajara Ligth), illuminating the city with notes of Mariachi, flocklor and dance.
After “waking up” to the city with the mañanitas, the Mayor of Guadalajara, Ismael del Toro, made the traditional game of picón and distributed some roses, this because Guadalajara has been cataloged as “The City of Roses.”
Then, the central esplanade was left in the dark to later witness an explosion of color, mariachi music and folk dancing by the Guadalajara Guadalajara Ballet. Then, the Tapatío DJ Sachary and Renzo Cubas, a Costa Rican lighting designer who works in Las Vegas, made a sonorous and visual mix that included projections in the 16 meter high agave. Later the party closed with the interpretation of “Guadalajara“, the hymn of the City in mariachi tones, which was crowned with a sight spectacle of pyrotechnic games that came from the upper part of the Cathedral and the Degollado Theater.
Culture scene Guadalajara, Municipal Band, Estudiantina, Rondalla, Folkloric ballet and mariachi DJ / Lithing, Designer City Hall Choir, Street Performers, Marakame show.
Where to start?
The tour is free, but we suggest you start it at the Hospicio Cabañas or at the Mercado Corona so that you can enjoy most of the attractions.
How many people assisted?
This year’s edition was attended by 1 million 163 thousand 570 people who enjoyed the light show, danced, took pictures, jumped and sang.
Celebration GDL, without patrols
From the arrival to the Metropolitan Cathedral the citizens enjoyed the images of Pedro Infante’s films, the orchestra that interpreted songs that made the audience sing and dance, that from there they continued to the next show in Liberation Square where the DJ made a jump to everyone. The pyrotechnic games were also spectacular.
One of the attractions in this edition was the tunnel of lights, which was the scene to take the famous “selfies”.
The enchanted minors and the adults more. From there they went to the last show of lights taking as background the majestic Cultural Institute Cabins where the figure of an eagle was the most attractive, without demerit the rest.