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Main Plaza Conservancy presents Paseo Xolo

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Main Plaza Conservancy will present Paseo Xolo, a special challenge course designed to introduce youngsters to Aztec culture. Xolo, short for Xolocinquintle, is most known as the type of dog featured in Coco. But Mexican hairless dogs can be traced back to when the Aztecs ruled Mexico. These dogs were believed to help souls find their way through the underworld. Today, they continue to be revered for their unconventional beauty and unique personalities.

So, to build off of the City’s efforts on Días de los Muertos and teach young ones about some Aztec practices associated with these traditions, Main Plaza is hosting a fun and educational challenge course. This course will start with children packing backpacks with things they will need for their adventure. Then, they will move through nine challenges based on the Aztec Underworld, such as "Run through the Moving Mountains," "Face the Harsh Winds," or "Make a Valentine for a Jaguar."

But organizers say not to expect anything too serious. Most activities involve running through pool noodles and construction paper. To ensure an underworld experience, Main Plaza has commissioned artists Angélica Sanchez and Mauro De La Tierra to create a larger-than-life papier mache Xolo dog.

The event is part of the Second Saturday vendor market, where artisans and food trucks take over Main Plaza through SA Local. To keep the mood lively, the popular band Los Nahuatlatos will be performing later in the evening. Afterwards, families are invited to stay for the world-famous video, San Antonio: The Saga, where scenes from San Antonio’s history are "painted" onto the walls of San Fernando Cathedral using projected lights.

Main Plaza Conservancy will present Paseo Xolo, a special challenge course designed to introduce youngsters to Aztec culture. Xolo, short for Xolocinquintle, is most known as the type of dog featured in Coco. But Mexican hairless dogs can be traced back to when the Aztecs ruled Mexico. These dogs were believed to help souls find their way through the underworld. Today, they continue to be revered for their unconventional beauty and unique personalities.

So, to build off of the City’s efforts on Días de los Muertos and teach young ones about some Aztec practices associated with these traditions, Main Plaza is hosting a fun and educational challenge course. This course will start with children packing backpacks with things they will need for their adventure. Then, they will move through nine challenges based on the Aztec Underworld, such as "Run through the Moving Mountains," "Face the Harsh Winds," or "Make a Valentine for a Jaguar."

But organizers say not to expect anything too serious. Most activities involve running through pool noodles and construction paper. To ensure an underworld experience, Main Plaza has commissioned artists Angélica Sanchez and Mauro De La Tierra to create a larger-than-life papier mache Xolo dog.

The event is part of the Second Saturday vendor market, where artisans and food trucks take over Main Plaza through SA Local. To keep the mood lively, the popular band Los Nahuatlatos will be performing later in the evening. Afterwards, families are invited to stay for the world-famous video, San Antonio: The Saga, where scenes from San Antonio’s history are "painted" onto the walls of San Fernando Cathedral using projected lights.

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WHERE

Main Plaza Conservancy
115 N Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
https://www.mainplaza.org/

TICKET INFO

Admission is free.

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