Each year the streets of Puerto Vallarta come alive with traditional parades, street dance performances, and other festive events in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The majority of the events take place during the first two weeks of December, but a few take place in late November. The colorful festival combines both Aztec and Christian symbolism. Most of the processions begin or end around the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
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La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe is the heart of Puerto Vallarta religious life, and is the focal point of an elaborate 12-day festival each December. The structure itself was built during a 12-year period beginning in 1929. The interior is filled with hand-carved columns, decorative moldings and other rich detailing. An earthquake damaged the ornate crown that originally adorned the church. It was replaced, but the repair still creates controversy. The original crown is said to have been modeled after a tiara worn by the mistress of the Emperor Maximilian. Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe is open on Sundays from 10am.