Since many of lakeside’s traditional festivities are considered incomplete without a ruling monarch, it’s no surprise that the area has been rife with beauty pageants held during the run up to this week’s celebration of Independence Day.
Joselín Montserrat García, representing the local Instituto Tecnológico Mario Molina, was crowned as Chapala’s 2022 Reina de Fiestas Patrias on Sunday, September 11. Rival contestants Claudia Samantha Orozco and Karolina Guadalupe Gama were named as princesses to complete her court.
Ajijic’s pageant was held on Saturday, September 3, with four candidates vying for the Fiestas Patrias crown. Danna Rodríguez won the Queen’s title, with Andrea Ochoa chosen as her alternate. Briana Jiménez will rule as next year’s Reina de Carnaval, with Axenet Romero named as substitute.
In addition, Marta Durán took the crown as this year’s Reina del Rebozo at the culmination of the rebozo parade held at the Ajijic plaza last Sunday.
Vanessa Citlali García Padilla was selected as uncontested Fiestas Patrias Queen for San Antonio Tlayacapan where patriotic festivities are scheduled for September 17 and 18.
She will share royal duties with fellow villager María Guadalupe Paz García, top contender for the title of Chapala Senior Citizen Ambassador in the August 29 contest sponsored by the municipality’s Family Development Agency (DIF).