Mazatlán’s first Carnaval parade was yesterday evening, and Paul and I were woefully unprepared. We knew enough to skip the early part of the parade, which is all the commercial floats by Pacifico, the radio stations, etc. and all the big bus companies drive their big busses through with women throwing candy from the roof. That part leaves the Fisherman’s Monument heading North at about 4:30 pm.
But we didn’t think enough about how crowded it would be. You really need to stake out a place several hours ahead of time and bring a chair with you. We decided that we’d buy the little wooden chairs if we got tired but didn’t carry our own down with us. Of course by the time we got there we felt lucky to get a tiny spot leaning against the railing and never did see the wooden chairs for sale! I can’t even estimate the number of people watching the parade but it was jam packed the entire length of the malecón.
It was fun anyway, and even though our feet got tired it was worth it. We’ll go back for the Tuesday parade to try to see some of the acts in between the floats but from our vantage point it was impossible this time.
Remember that the theme for Carnaval is “La Fiesta de Los Imperios” or The Celebration of The Empires. China, Russia, Rome, and France are represented.