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Meet The Colourful Pachucos Of Mexico City
April 11, 2014
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The Mexican "Pachuco" subculture dates back to the segregated Los Angeles of the 1930s and 1940s, when Mexican immigrants donned colourful zoot suits and two-toned spectator shoes, partially as a flamboyant symbol of defiance against discrimination. In this series, Reuters photographer Henry Romero travelled to Mexico City to document the modern-day pachucos, who continue the tradition, wearing handmade shoes and suits that often cost a small fortune. "Many modern Pachucos continue the customs of their fathers or uncles who crossed the border many decades ago, and they use the outfit not only to go dancing but also as a sign of continuing protest against the treatment of Mexican immigrants in the United States," Romero writes on the Reuters blog. "The length of the chain that holds their pocket watch represents to many Pachucos today the length of discrimination Mexican migrants have suffered — and continue to suffer — north of the border."


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