It’s been a wonderful Carnaval here in Mazatlán. Last year was the pits, so we all were hopeful that this year would be a good one. The new mayor and governor were determined that it would be peaceful, well attended, and organized. We think they succeeded. The theme this year was “The Return of the Muses.”
Along the length of the malecon many statues like the one above were placed, as well as in significant spots throughout Centro – like the one below in the Plazuela Machado.
Out for a walk Thursday morning (the start of Carnaval) we saw they had already stocked the many, many beer stands. Want a beer not in the Pacifico family of beers? Forget it!
We’ve been here for a few years now and this year the extent of our Carnaval revelry was listening to the music and drinking a beer in the midst of the fun on Thursday evening – but being home by 11. Saturday we watched the fireworks (the Combat Naval) from our roof. (You can see last year’s on the Video page)
Sunday we walked down past the Fisherman’s Monument and watched the first parade from the packed malecon.
Then Tuesday we watched the second parade from the balcony of a friend’s condo.
Next year I want to go to at least one of the coronation ceremonies but we had a fine time this year and had fun doing some – but not all – of the Carnaval goings-on.