in Veracruz, everything is Jarocho and Jarocha. It's the culture of this port city and encompasses the mix of ethnic groups, the Caribbean feel, the customs, the cuisine, and more than anything, the music and dance. El son jarocho, el danzon jarocho.
There was a show in Teatro Reforma in Veracruz all day Sunday, a marathon to help victims of Hurricane Stan which affected a million and a half persons in the State of Veracruz. It started with the youngest jarocho dancers and it was a scream to see the seductive game being played by 8 year-olds! The little girls took their role as coquettes very seriously, but the funniest was to see the chiquitos stomping their feet around their partner, waving their handkerchief -- and obviously all at sea as to why the girls were shaking their shoulders at them!
Men in Veracruz
You have heard of the term "gringo / gringa", and maybe others. In Veracruz the term used to refer to someone white is "güero / güera". When you walk down the street and pass by a man or group of men of whatever age, you will either be tossed some kind of comment with that term, or hissed at. They have this "ssSSSSSST" hiss, that they make, because they want you to turn so they can see your face. I found these things to be typical to Veracruz. It's annoying, but it's how it is and you get used to it even so. In a nutshell, you're more than likely to hear something out of the mouth of Veracruz men when you pass by, than not.
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