Alebrijes in Mexico City

Giant alebrijes in Mexico City have become a modern and cultural tradition bringing attention to this unique Mexican folk art. Vibrant colors, intricate designs, and imaginative animals line the street on Reforma every October. 

Intricate Neon Alebrije

A big plus to living in a big city is that there is always something going on. Most of my favorite happenings in Mexico City occur on its main road, Paseo de la Reforma. This road can pretty much take you across the whole city and it is where the iconic Angel de la Indepencia is located.   Never is there a dull moment or shortage of pedestrians on Reforma because it is always lined with interesting art and photos, exhibitions, and sculptures that usually revolve around a theme.  I’ve been living in Mexico City for exactly a year now and I have to say, the most impressive by far has been the display of giant alebrijes.

The Museo de Arte Popular started an awesome tradition back in 2007, creating giant alebrijes and putting them on public display. The annual exhibition kicks off with a parade that begins in the Zócalo, passes through the Historic Center and makes it way down Reforma all the way to the Angel de la Independencia. After the parade, they are put on display for two weeks along Reforma and on the last weekend, they are moved to the Zócalo for one last showing.

The “monumental alebrijes” are giant representations of the art which are typically much smaller in size. They contribute to the preservation and knowledge of this folk art, giving well-deserved attention to the Mexican artisans that create them. This year, there were hundreds of whimsical, vibrant alebrijes.  One characteristic of  most alebrijes is that they have claws to claw the earth, creating a sense of reality and wings to create dreams and to soar with their aspirations.

6th Desfile y Consurso de Alebrijes Monumentales del Museo de Arte Popular   (6th Annual Parade and Contest of Moumental Alebrijes from Museum of Popular Art)
October 20, 2012 – November 4, 2012    |  On Paseo de la Reforma between la Diana Cazadora y el Ángel de la Independencia (Zona Rosa)  |  More information on Facebook    |






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  1. Nice write-up! I didn’t get to see these in Mexico City, but I bet it would be fun to see the parade.

  2. vurneig says:

    Very cool!

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