20.02.2009 - 20.02.2009 70 °F
Last night I went out to catch the Friday Carnaval parade here in Mérida. You have to buy tickets to get in and get a seat on the sidewalk -- there's not a whole lot of room on the city's narrow sidewalks for spectators, so I guess crowd control is necessary. The difficult part seems to be actually buying the tickets. While you can buy a pack for all the parades during the week, day-of sales are scattershot. I was redirected from the ticket booth (!!) to three other people in succession, until I ran into a guy trying to get rid of a pair. I bought them off him, and showed up promptly at 7:00 pm as noted on the ticket, or about an hour and a half before they managed to get it underway.
Not a total waste though. It was a nice, cool night (mid-70s and windy), and all the little kids are dressed up in their costumes while they wait for the parade. Below is Buzz Lightyear ("¡Al infínito y más allá!"):
The parade finally started with an float celebrating El Santo, the Mexican professional wrestler revered for being the progenitor of the lucha libre mask:
Each year, Carnaval has a theme, like a homecoming parade. This year's theme here is the movies, so the majority of floats take their cue from that. Here's one Shrek-themed float:
And another celebrating Moulin Rouge:
And of course, some themes transcend the movies. Corona, like all beer companies, knows what the guys and girls want: