Mid-morning, the fishing fleet sets out from La Cruz just north across the Bahia de Banderas and many of the open fishing boats are beached after ploughing through the gentle surf to the thrill of the hundreds of locals and tourists assembled on the sand.
This drawn out piece of religious theatre is not a triumph of Mexican nautical choreography, but it is a great gathering and a perfect vacation photo op.
And, local dancers, in Mayan costumes, perform at the front gates of the church.
This festival is soon followed by the Bucerias Street Festival that includes the Chalk Walk, the Taste of Riviera Nayarit and the Handcrafts Fair – three simultaneous events for the enjoyment of all visitors.
Several years ago, The Art Walk Plaza, an organization dedicated to the promotion of culture in Bucerías, organized the Chalk Festival. Known today as The Bucerías Chalk Art Walk, the competition assembles Mexican and international chalk artists who create their work on the streets.
The concept has evolved, integrating innovative ideas like The Taste of Riviera Nayarit, a gastronomic fair that includes the participation of the most important restaurants in town, and the Handcrafts Fair, where different local artists will showcase their products, all within the framework of the Street Festival.