The Voladores de Papantla have come back to ¡Viva Mexico! for 2011. Today they did a purification ceremony and an enactment of the ceremony that they will perform this weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. They were the subject of last week’s Photo of the Week. They deserve it. And the group that is here this year, is not the same as the one here in 2010. It turns out there are 525 Voladores. In this photo El Caporal (leader of the ceremony and the group) does an intricate dance to the four directions, standing on a small platform(18 inches in diameter) atop a 60 foot tall pole while playing a flute and a drum.
After doing this dance the four Voladores fly off the platform. into the void and El Caporal slides down a rope. Seeing this is an amazing experience. If you can come to ¡Viva Mexico! this weekend. They can also be seen around the world and in Vera Cruz, Mexico.