When people think of Carnaval, most thoughts don’t center on Mexico. Rio de Janeiro - yes. Mardi Gras in New Orleans - of course. Yet, Mazatlan, Mexico holds one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the world and this year marks the third year for a parade in Puerto Vallarta. And the event continues to grow in size.
On Saturday March 5th, Puerto Vallarta will host it’s Carnaval celebration. Held on the south side of the city, on the streets of Olas Altas and Basilio Badillo, the parade officially commences at 10pm, but the fiesta begins much earlier. The streets will come alive well before that hour.
With over forty flamboyant floats already registered, the event is once again destined to be a memorable moment. Whether a spectator, participant or both, I’d plan to arrive early to enjoy the beautiful bodies, colorful costumes, and electric dancing that make Carnaval such a celebrated event.
Anyone interested in entering a float, registration costs only 300 pesos but closes this week on Feb 27th, so hurry. Also, the organizational committee is always looking for sponsors to help award the several “best” float categories. For more information on any type of participation you can find information on CarnavalVallarta.com.
As always, the celebration is always open to all ages, all backgrounds, and all beliefs. It’s a fun night out on the streets of Puerto Vallarta for all to celebrate. So if you are visiting for spring break, planning your winter escape, or even call Vallarta home, head to the south side in old town on Saturday night March 5, 2011 and celebrate Carnaval in style.
Photos: Courtesy of CarnavalVallarta.com