It was wonderful to have our friends over for the motorcycle parade this afternoon, the culmination of Moto Week 2014. Here are a few highlights.
Governor Malova led the parade on his bike, as usual, and Mayor Felton and First Lady Sylvia accompanied him. They all looked like they were having a great time. Short clip below.
Unfortunately at the very end of the parade there was a crash: two bikes crashed, and one jumped the curb up to the malecón. The rider flew off, and Greg was collateral damage. He’s ok but very bruised, swollen and sore. One other young woman—who had been walking by—was bleeding, and she and the poor man who flew off the bike left in ambulances.
It could have been much worse; our prayers are with all the riders. For the record, all those affected were immediately and very kindly attended to by Cruz Roja, Protección Civíl, Tránsito, and bilingual officials from MotoWeek.
This year’s 18th annual Moto Week seemed to be the biggest ever. Thousands of bikers and their families from all over Mexico and abroad brought over 360 million pesos to our port city between April 1st and 4th. That amount approaches the 520 million pesos that the craziness of Holy Week brought to town! We lived through the noise and the smoke that proves it! And we are so very grateful for this much-needed injection of cash.
The official parade on Saturday afternoon went on for hours; we were still enjoying the acrobatics down Avenida del Mar well into the night. Our Governor Malova joined in the parade, as he has in the past, as did “Green Man,” everyone’s perennial favorite. View our TOP TEN from this year’s parade, below:
We can proudly say that Mazatlecan Ricardo Zamora won all three categories of racing: 600 cc, 900-1000 cc, and free. The event involved loads of concerts, thrilling demonstrations, beach parties, contests, and the opportunity to meet a whole lot of very interesting people.
Today is the day people head home. It’s been great watching so many biker groups pose for commemorative photos on the malecón today. We can’t imagine a more beautiful spot for a bike fest!
We had a whole lot of fun trying to choose our “top ten” from amongst the hundreds of parade photos we took. Start making your plans now to join us next year. Semana de la Moto Mazatlán is held Easter Week, the week after Easter. I did a quick teaser, below. Hope you enjoy it:
This is our third Moto Week parade. It was much lower key than other years–fewer people, less organized. The parade lasted at least two hours. We LOVED it. Time to sit back in our chairs, sip a soda or beer, look out over the ocean and the incredible sky, and thank God that we are able to live in Mazatlán, amidst so many fun-loving people.
There are lots of photos in this album (130 or so). It’s really fun. So, please, pour yourself a cup of something, sit back, and enjoy… Join us next year!