The festival kicks off with a parade The festival kicks off with a parade or pilgrimages (peregrinaciones) to the church as people from each barrio carry flags of La Virgen De Guadalupe and their Saints, flowers, balloons, and signs and drop them at El Templo. There are two peregrinaciones a day and approximately 300 people walk in each parade. Each parade has a special theme, including one day when all of the children from the surrounding barrios participate by walking, singing and dancing. It is customary for townspeople to bring flowers and place them at El Templo after each parade.
More than 1,000 people a day attend the festival to see the parades and partake in the fair that includes rides, food stands (tacos, pozole, sopes, alcoholic drinks), kids pottery stands and more. There are also Mariachis, bandas, singers and dancers throughout the plaza. People visit the church everyday in the morning, afternoon and night and fireworks can also be seen nightly at 10:00 p.m. at the entrance of El Templo. Decorated cars with stages resembling religious reenactments can also be seen at this spectacular extravaganza.
Major airlines service Guadalajara such as Alaska Air, Mexicana, Aeromexico and American Airlines. A taxi, shuttle or car rental can be arranged at the airport to transport you to Tizapan, which is located approximately two hours or less from Guadalajara.