Carnaval La Paz 2017 is Just Around the Corner
*February 23rd to the 28th on the Malecon of La Paz
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 23rd. 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 2017 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.
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 23rd, the comedian Jorge Falcon; on Friday, the popular Aleks Syntek will be performing; on Saturday, the 25th, the dreamy Marco Antonio Solis; on the 26th, Rayito Colombiano will take the mainstage; on Monday night the rock band DLD will perform; and the Grupo Pesado will close on Tuesday, the 28th. The nightly, live entertainment is free.
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 26th, Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th. 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.