The interior gets cleaned and everything stowed for a long hot summer. And our protector takes his post guarding the Slacker.
Of course we had time for one last Dock 6 Party!
After driving for 3 days we arrive back in to Encinitas and immediately need Ugg boots!
Dunia's House Band03/08/2009, Mazatlan
More Mazatlan Carnival Video02/27/2009
Mazatlan's Carnival is reported to be the 3rd largest carnival in the world, and the Mazatlecos sure do know how to put on a party! Carnival is the week before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. The fun in Mazatlan began on Wednesday the 19th of March with the coronation of the King of Joy and the burning of Bad Humor. The effigy is of a local man in Mazatlan who is not well liked or has pissed off the people of the city and his burning is to bring fun times for the carnival.
And then the election of the Queen of the Pacific
Some of the decorations in Plaza Machado
This guy was walking all over the plaza selling these huge crucifixes.
One of the best signs. The bathrooms at carnival are at a premium!
On the21st the navy staged a mock battle between land and sea forces with fireworks instead of cannons. We went down the day before and the guys setting up for the big battle.
It was an amazing fireworks show and the people are everywhere. Mike and I stayed out way to late but had a great time! The crowds and the bands were unbelievable and just trying to walk up the street was like trying to swim up stream in a very crowded stream, but everyone was having a great time laughing and dancing to the music as we got pushed and pulled toward the next bandstand
The next day was the first of 2 parades. We purchased tickets here at Marina Mazatlan Yacht sales and it included a dinner and seats for the parade. As we were walking to the Aqua Marina Hotel one of the many vendors was this enterprising young man selling chairs and little tables
This was at 2 pm on the parade route for a parade that did not start until 6pm , these people must have sat here all night
Some of the temporary platforms for seats. No OSHA here!!
We loved this guy with his bandolier type Pacifico beer holder!
The parade route about one hour before the event, the route is about 5 miles long and it is this crowded the whole way.