Parada ng Lechon or Parade of Roast Pigs is an annual event which brings the people together in this festive celebration. As they bring this celebration to a whole new level, they dress up these roasted pigs and feature them in a street parade. This event is held is celebrated in honor of St. John the Baptist.
Parada ng Lechon 2015
Festival Del Lechon is an annual celebration which is held on June 24. In 2015, this event will be celebrated as usual on June 24, a Wednesday.
Lechon or roasted pig is a Filipino fiesta food and is not an ordinary delicacy that you would normally see in an ordinary celebration. Serving roasted pig is especially reserved for special and festive celebrations. Seeing a long line of roasted pig parading through the street would mean a grand celebration.
What is Festival Del Lechon?
Festival Del Lechon is celebrated in time with St. John the Baptist’s feast day and features a parade of dressed and decorated roasted pigs.
The celebration begins with a mass on the Immaculate Concepcion Church. After this, blessings of people and lechon are done in honor of St John the Baptist.
The long line of roasted pig will be seen at the street parade. Here, you shall see a lot of them dressed and decorated in different costumes and accessories. Some are dressed as basketball players, farmers, beauty queens etc.
After this, the townspeople and tourists continue the celebration as they feast over the roasted pigs, wine and other delicacies.
During the Spanish Era, the wealthy family would parade their roasted pig on the town’s plaza on their way to the church on the 24th of June as a way of giving thanks to St. John the Baptist for all the graces and blessings that they have received for the year.
As years pass by, this gesture has been a tradition and became one of the grandest festivals in the province of Batangas.
Bring a camera: Seeing a long line of procession consist of roasted pig would be a sight to behold. Also, this is a festival you might not be able to see anywhere else.
Bring an extra shirt: It has been a tradition for the people of Balayan to arm them with water gun and turns this celebration into a water war zone. So, bring an extra shirt as you will surely be wet.
Date: June 24.
Location: Balayan, Batangas