February 03, 2013
(Romereports.com) The sound of horns and fancy footwork filled St. Peter's Square on
Wednesday morning. 82 musicians and dancers, all perfectly synchronized,
and in colorful costumes... They're the latest cultural ambassadors to
Bringing the music and dances from their native
Mexico to St. Peter's Square, the festive sights and sounds celebrate
their 25 anniversary.
Director, Compañia Folklorica Tenochtitlan (Mexico)
the dancers and musicians, it is greatly satisfying, to be at St.
Peter's Square, and to hear the applause and feel the warmth of the
people, it's very important for them.”
MARIA ELENA RAMIREZ
Dancer, Compañia Folklorica Tenochtitlan (Mexico)
“You get goosebumps and you feel a warm embrace from the people, which with this weather, very cold for us, feels great.”
group spent nearly six months preparing for the trip, which included
other parts of Europe. But they were especially excited to see the Pope.
the audience with Benedict XVI, they organized an impromptu concert at
St. Peter's Square. Their colorful attire and unique sounds ensured a
constant flow of curious onlookers.
MARIA JOSE POSAS
Band Member, Compañia Folklorica Tenochtitlan (Mexico)
doing your own thing, but the audience rubs off their excitement, and
makes you feel even more proud of your country, of who you are.”
Mariachi Monumental de Tehuacán (Mexico)
makes me proud, it's a dream come true. I can represent my country with
what I love most, my music, my heritage, my culture.”
the Pope's blessing, the group will head back to Mexico, where their
celebration will continue. With 25 years under their belt, they hope for
more chances to dance and sing their way to the heart of the Vatican.