It has been a busy time lately here in Mazatlán. Semana Santa is actually the week before Easter, but since the kids are out of school for another week after Easter, it turns into a two week party.
This year, the Wednesday after Easter Sunday marked the beginning of Moto Week, my favorite event of the year. Bikers come from all over the Americas for the fun of showing off their bikes and getting together with other bikers. There is a rock concert, a bikini contest, and a long ride out into the countryside.
But I love the parade. You have everyone from the handmade bike ridden by a guy in a full Indian costume to a guy dressed as Shrek to our favorite fluorescent green bike/biker/dog combo. In between will be tiny bikes with a family of four, pizza delivery bikes, bikes with piñatas on the front, and lots and lots of skull masks, too.
This year the lead bunch included our Governor, Mario López Valdez. Paul and I decided to sit on the roundabout at the South end of Olas Altas right at the Sinaloa shield (escudo.) The parade begins in the North end of the city and travels along the water to Olas Altas. At the escudo they climb the hill – Cerro del Vigia – and then loop around to come back past the escudo and North again. Click on the thumbnail below for a panorama during a quiet moment
The video below is 9 minutes – which is longer than I’d like. But parade lovers, moto lovers, and Mazatlán lovers might want to watch it just for fun. During the video you’ll see people running in between the motorcycles, which always gives me a shock. People are standing right next to the traffic, even in between two traffic lanes! Join us next year, why don’t you?