Thursday, February 16, 2012
Our first (Merida) carnaval!
Today was the day of the Children's Parade. The parade begins at 4 p.m. near the Plaza Grande, and by 2:30 the streets were packed with families, tourists, and food and trinket vendors. The streets are lined up and down both sides with chairs, and there really isn't any place where you can just stand to watch. Given my non-existent Spanish, I watched the crowd long enough to figure out that you could buy tickets from the ladies in the orange shirts (30 pesos), and that if they were selling tickets in a particular spot then there were seats left there. I bought a ticket (on the left side of the picture below) and settled in!
The rest of the week's parades aren't likely to be able to match this one for its ability to make a person smile, but I'm looking forward to them all the same. Until then, some pictures from today's parade are below.