Carnaval Parade Preparations

Carnavál de Mazatlán is such a major community event. I love how it brings people together. And not just from Mazatlán and the surrounding communities, but it brings in people from all over Mexico (this year we met a great 80-piece band from Puebla, for example) and Latin America (the visiting queens).

The best-kept secret of Carnavál, however, is the PRE-parade, just prior to the second parade. That’s when all the dancers, royalty and performers have already paraded once. They have had their coronations, things are winding down. They are relaxed, happy. They know what they’re doing, they know what to expect.

And, they are lined up along the malecón, getting dressed, putting on makeup, eating something to tide them over for the next few hours of dancing. They are laughing and talking, relaxing, and posing for the tourists. It has honestly become one of my absolute favorite Carnavál activities, though of course I have lots of “favorites” this time of year!

Below is a video I put together tonight, highlighting some of what happened during pre-parade today. I hope you will get a taste of why I love the pre-parade. Thanks for viewing!

About Dianne Hofner Saphiere

There are loads of talented people in this gorgeous world of ours. We all have a unique contribution to make, and if we collaborate, I am confident we have all the pieces we need to solve any problem we face. I have been an intercultural organizational effectiveness consultant since 1979, working primarily with for-profit multinational corporations. I lived and worked in Japan in the late 70s through the 80s, and currently live in and work from México, where with a wonderful partner we've raised a bicultural, global-minded son. I have worked with organizations and people from over 100 nations in my career. What's your story?

7 thoughts on “Carnaval Parade Preparations

  1. Yes, Tom, it was perfect weather leading up to Carnavál, but pretty windy and thus cool during the event itself this year. It actually rained a couple of times. You can see the Fat Tuesday sky was overcast. Of course, "cool" here still means the tourists wore shorts!

  2. Thanks, Komara. It is a great behind-the-scenes event. It never ceases to amaze me how much of a family and community event that Carnavál de Mazatlán is. Most all those dancers, acrobats, gymnasts, stilt walkers, bands, singers, costumers, float makers, beauty queens, beef cakes… local talent. We are a small city with a whole lot of big talent.

  3. Pingback: Infographic on Our Malecón | ¡VidaMaz!

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