Hats are the easiest way to identify a gang. The first gang in San Miguel was the Classic Gang. They pure would never adorn their hats with anything but a simple black or white band. But it was hard to join this gang. You had to be rich, thin, have taste and own art. The later poorer and fatter arrivals with bad taste and a penchant for taking art classes couldn’t get in so they formed their own Hat Gangs.

The Flower Hat gang is mostly British and take their themes from past remembered wallpaper and bedspreads.