…after Carnaval

That’s how most of our statements end during Carnaval.

Carnaval, as much fun as it is really puts a damper on many regular activities. The parade route is barricaded along the sides, and most cross streets are closed off. The parade route includes a major portion of the route you must take to cross Paseo de Montejo, a major street for going North or South here. So inevitably you’ll hear people saying they are going to do things, or go somewhere…after Carnaval.

This years Carnaval theme is/was Un Carnaval de Pelicula aka movies; so many of the costumes and floats were movie themes. Today is the final parade “la batalla de las flores”, “the battle of the flowers”, it will be the most well attended. And tonight after the parade the street parties will be longer and a bit more rowdy than the other nights. Tomorrow they will burn Juan Carnaval at the Municipal Building and then Carnaval will be over for another year.

We attended the Regional parade last night, after a happy hour at friends. The desfile Regional is always one of my favorites. All the traditional costuming and dance with just enough of the jiggly girls and throwing of stuff into the crowd. Friends had purchased ‘palco’s’ for many of the parades, and included varying groups of friends to sit with them on different evenings. Palcos are groups of 8 assigned seats, in prominent locations along the parade route.

I took pictures and will offer a brief glimpse –


About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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2 Responses to …after Carnaval

  1. rgl says:

    Hi Debbie. Having just spent three and a half days in Mérida for Carnaval, I found myself glad to be back in my beach front villa in Chuburna. I attended the first three parades, with the desfile de ninos being my favorite. Thanks for posting the photos. It is too hard to get great photos of parades when one doesn’t have big equipment and a press pass to be on the street with the dancers and the floats. Still, that said, I like your photos.

  2. Calypso says:

    I think you are being too hard on yourself Debi – there are some nice photos there. Thanks for posting them.

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