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Semana Santa in Mazatlán

I love living in a place where people are always so happy. I think Semana Santa is the happiest time of all for Mazatlán visitors. People come from near and far to enjoy a relaxing springtime vacation here. The weather is perfect – between 80 and 85 degrees – and it is beautiful and sunny with a fantastic breeze. Families set up an umbrella or some sort of shade and spend the entire day on the beach. We went for...

Mazatlan’s 2012 Carnival – The First Parade

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...

Mazatlan’s Carnival – Burning of Bad Humor & Naval Combat fireworks

Another night, another Carnival event!  What fun! We headed out to see the Burning of Bad Humor this year – our first time actually making it on time!  The victim this year was Platanito, the comedian who wasn’t funny.  The link on his name goes to an article about his tasteless and painful comments, but he basically referred to the children who died in a daycare fire as “Kentucky Fried Children.”  In my opinion, he was a great choice.  In...

Mazatlan’s Carnival 2012 – Friday night at Olas Altas

Paul and I headed out to find some dinner and then check out what was going on at Carnival down at Olas Altas.  The big variety show headlining Filippa Giordano was at the baseball stadium, but there was plenty going on at Olas Altas for us!  Here is another photo tour of our evening, and there are a couple of videos, too.  Enjoy!                         Below is a video of...

Mazatlán’s Carnaval – setting up

Paul and I walked down to Olas Altas this morning to see how Carnaval was getting set up.  I thought you might like to go on a little tour with us.                           Click here for a picture and explanation of the laser aquatic show.  (text in Spanish)     This morning there were only the two stages set up in Olas Altas, I imagine they will be working...

Mazatlán’s Carnaval – at the Plazuela Machado

Carnaval events take place throughout the city, with the coronations at the baseball stadium, the parades along the malecón, fireworks at Olas Altas and along the malecón and the street party in Olas Altas.  But there are plenty of Carnaval decorations and events other places, too. The Plazuela Machado has a gigantic silver sculpture in one corner.  In another corner a stage was being set up this afternoon.  The kiosko is decorated with Carnaval flair – Pacifico style. The malecón...

Here Comes Mazatlán’s Carnaval 2012

The theme for Mazatlán’s Carnaval celebration this year is The Empires Celebration. The empires of France, Russia, Rome, and China will be represented by Carnaval royalty. Carnaval celebrations begin on February 16 and run through February 21. Today they were still working on erecting four large monos along the malecón. These huge paper maché figures represent the four empires. Here’s a nice schedule of events for Carnaval 2012. They have been installing lighting and electrical conduit for the various stages....

My First Christmas in México

My first Mexican Christmas was in 1994.  My son was attending college in Colima and had just moved into an unfurnished house.  We spent the first week or so of my visit traveling and buying things that he needed for his house.  If you remember, in December of 1994 there was an economic crisis in México, and the peso rapidly devalued.  While this was a terrible time for those with their funds tied up in pesos, it made my funds...

Thoughts on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day has always been one of my favorite holidays, a day where you take note of the the things in your life you are thankful for. Since Thanksgiving Day isn’t celebrated in Mexico, we thought as part of our private celebration we’d share our Thanksgiving Day thoughts. What are we thankful for? Our Readers – Thank you for your loyalty and your comments. You keep it fresh and fun. Our City- We love it here in Mazatlán. The community...

Our Dia de los Muertos altar

Every year we celebrate El Dia de Los Muertos (the day of the dead) along with the rest of México by creating an altar in our home.  Our only loss in my family since last year was our sweet Lab mix, Lucy, so you’ll see her picture and collar on the left.  There are also pictures of our parents and grandparents and some tequila and beer to keep them enjoying the hereafter happy hour. Sadly, the empty frame remains in our...

Getting Ready to Celebrate Independence Day Around Mexico

At 11 pm on September 15 El Grito de la Independencia (The Cry of Independence) will be heard around the country. The grito, or shout, is called out as a reenactment of Father Hidalgo’s historic cry in the town of Dolores.  Government officials call out the names of the heroes of the war, which are repeated by the throngs of citizens in this most celebrated holiday in México. The grito culminates with shouts of “Viva México!” and usually a fireworks...

Moto madness

I took tons of video of the Moto parade on Saturday, but have decided not to kill myself editing it since the most excellent reporters/bloggers over at MazReal made a much better job of it than I ever could.  Please head over to MazReal to check it out! If you think you might want to bring your bike over to Mazatlán next year, the Moto Week website is here – and it is usually the week after Easter....

Friday night party

Above is the statue is of José Ángel Espinoza “Ferrusquilla” – note the moto with three guys on it in at the right! I think Moto Week is my favorite event of the year in Mazatlán.  It is just such a happy time, all the bikers and those watching are having so much fun! This afternoon is the parade, so we’re not done with Moto Week yet!...

Moto week is lots of fun

Above: Members of the Ovejas Negras (Black Sheep) moto club posing with Pedro Infante! Moto week is here and it is so fun to watch all the bikers enjoying our wonderful city.  The parade is Saturday, and I will be there with my new camera, but a few photo opportunities came up as we walked the dogs this morning that I thought I’d share. We’ll head out this evening to get some photos of the show… bikers cruising Olas Altas...

Vamos a la playa

Everyone is at the beach today.  I mean everyone. The picture at the top of this post is one of Mazatlán’s busiest and craziest streets – Ejército Mexicano.  It is usually something like 4 – 7 lanes (if you have driven in México, you know what I mean) and packed with cars.  We make an effort to avoid it at all cost… but how about that picture?  Empty. That’s because everyone is at the beach!  Most stores in town are...