One of the things I look forward to the most at Carnaval time is the excitement of the set up and election of Carnaval royalty.Even if you don’t attend the coronations you’ll likely enjoy a fabulous fireworks show at the conclusion of the show. Last week’s election of the King of Joy and the Child Queen had an incredible fireworks show that we enjoyed watching from home!
The monigotes along the malecón are another big treat. This year’s theme is La Linterna Mágica, and the malecón is decorated with 20-something foot tall statues (monigotes) of important film stars. Above and below you’ll see the ones that are in place so far. We are still waiting for Marilyn Monroe, but I think all the rest are in place. (FYI Marilyn was installed Monday morning, her photo is at the end of this post…)
Carnaval kicks off this year on February 7, and they are getting a good start with the setup as the colored strings of lights are up along the malecón and in Centro. The two large freestanding bathrooms are mostly constructed. Some of the ticket booths have been built. The kiosko in the Plazuela Machado is decorated with the neon Carnaval masks used as decorations on light posts a couple of years ago. That’s also where the statue of Al Jolson is.
I hope you enjoy these pictures, I will be adding to a Carnaval 2013 photo gallery throughout the festivities. You’ll find it above on the Photos page.