Carnaval La Paz 2016 is Just Around the Corner

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*February 4th to the 9th on the Malecon of La Paz


Schedule for Carnaval La PazAs 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 4th. Organizers, including the Mayor of La Paz Armando Martinez Vega, are promising a well-organized, safe 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.

Martinez Vega said that the City of La Paz is ready to start the biggest party in Baja California Sur. He mentioned that preparations are well underway and they are asking that all Sudcalifornianos help out to make the 2016 edition a success. Organizers are dealing with public safety issues as well as ways in keeping the malecon clean during the six-day event.

In regards to public services, officials have noted that municipal workers along the entire Carnaval area will perform daily cleaning and garbage collection and public restrooms will be provided along the waterside of the malecon.

The Department of Public Safety, Police and Municipal Transit are preparing the security operation. The department announced they would be out in full force around the Carnaval 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.

It is important to note that all events during Carnival La Paz are completely free for the enjoyment of the audience.

Carnaval La Paz was in need of a drastic overhaul and that is what the administration of former Mayor Esthela Ponce Beltran had accomplished during their four and a half years in office. Local businesses were visibly more involved and floats in the parade had more than doubled from previous years. However, folks were wondering if the new administration of current Mayor Armando Martinez Vega would pick up where Ponce Beltran left off.

The Secretary General for the Municipality of La Paz, Isidro Ibarra Morales for example, had already announced back in October of 2015 that the 2016 edition of Carnaval would cut its budget in half. Spending for Carnaval in 2016 would be around six to seven million pesos, down from a budget of nearly fourteen million pesos in 2015.

Therefore, less money will be spent on entertainment although the 2016 line-up still looks very promising.

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 on opening night, Thursday the 4th, the comedian Teo González; on Friday, the 5th Los Ángeles Azules will be performing; on Saturday, the 6th, will be the duo Ha-Ash; on the 7th, Napoleón will take the mainstage; on Monday night the rock band Molotov will perform; and the Banda Carnaval will close on Tuesday, the 8th.

In regards to the traditional parade, local artists are once again working with the municipality in hopes of providing quality floats for the thousands who will line-up along the malecon this February to watch. 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.

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 7th, Monday the 8th and Tuesday the 9th. The parade normally starts at 5:00 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 six 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.

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