Carnaval La Paz 2015 is just around the corner



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*February 12th to the 17th on the Malecon of La Paz

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As it does every year, La Paz will transform itself into one big, public street party. The traditional Carnaval La Paz will be kicking off on Thursday, February 12th. Organizers, including the General Coordinator of Carnaval 2015, Pedro Aguilar, are promising a well-organized, high scale event so prepare yourself for an unusually busy, bright and festive malecon with plenty to buy, eat and drink as well as large crowds and never ending entertainment.

Aguilar said that the City of La Paz is ready to start the biggest party in Baja California Sur. The organization of this years event demonstrates the experience his committee now has to serve the community with first class activities for the public as well as for tourists to the city. All events during the six days of Carnival are completely free for the enjoyment of the audience.As for public services, Aguilar also reported that daily cleaning and garbage collection is performed by municipal workers in the entire Carnival area and public restrooms will be provided along the water side of the malecon. The Department of Public Safety, Police and Municipal Transit is preparing the security operation. The department announced they will be out in full force around the Carnival area without neglecting the rest of the city. They will work with state and federal agencies as well as voluntary groups to have the safest event possible. Their plan is to host an incident free event as in previous years where all attendees can enjoy the great party.

Carnaval La Paz was in need of a drastic overhaul and that is what the administration of Mayor Esthela Ponce Beltran has been working on since they took office nearly four years ago. “We are trying to get local businesses involved and with their support, our parade floats have more than doubled from previous years,” Aguilar said.The municipality is once again working hard within the theme of “Plumajes Ancestrales”  (ancestral plumage) in hopes of providing quality floats for the thousands who will line-up along the malecon this February to watch the parades. The parade floats are judged each year by committee and the top 3 places will receive 20, 15 and 10 thousand pesos in cash, respectively.

All are welcome to participate in the parade including commercial businesses, banks, schools, service clubs, civic associations, unions and the general public. Last day to sign up to take part in the parade is February 8th.

Other than the specially designed floats, there will be plenty of classic cars as well as entertainment from ranchero bands, dressed up clowns and dancers from the various dance schools around town. The parades will run on Sunday, February 15th, Monday the 16th and Tuesday the 17th. The parade normally starts at 5:30 in the afternoon but stay tuned as the start time may change.

Carnaval is an annual event held in major cities in Mexico and in other parts of the world (Rio de Janeiro) that generally occurs the week before Lent with all activities ending by Ash Wednesday, or the start of Lent. Please note that during the 6 days of Carnaval, the malecon in La Paz will be shut down to traffic by early afternoon and booths, tables, tents and makeshift stages will be set up along both sides of the street to sell unusual wares or fantastic food, or to host carnaval games and music.

Live entertainment on the main stage (the kiosk of the malecon located on Abasolo and the start of 16 de Septiembre) will be held every night with high profile, national performers including performances from featured entertainers including the comedian JJ (de Telehit) on February 12; Rayito Colombiano on February 13; the very popular singer, Yuri will take the stage on Valentine’s Day February 14th; Río Roma the 15th; Moderatto on the16th and to end the 6 day fest, Banda El Recodo on the 17th.

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