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The 2013 Mardi Gras Parade in Chapala Celebrating Carnaval

The Mardi Gras parade was held in Chapala along the main road on Sunday, February 10th. It was scheduled to start at ten a.m. Since I am always early to things, I arrived at nine thirty. It didn’t get started until eleven thirty. In my article about the Carnival, I had promised take photos after the parade of the car show in the Carnival. Plus photos of the beautiful young women in the car show and handsome young men and also photos of the ice skating rink. (I know, it is hard to believe there was an ice rink in the park in Chapala on a hot afternoon and I wanted to prove it to you.)

Dancing girls dressed like Indians

But after three hours of standing in the hot sun at the parade, I had to break that promise. I went home instead and took a nap. I hope these parade photos will make up for the ones I missed out on at the Carnival. There are lots of photos of beautiful, scantily clad dancing girls and handsome young men. Enjoy.

Motorcyclists starting the parade
Motorcyclists starting the parade

The parade started off with motorcycle policemen, followed by motorcyclists wearing costumes and masks. There was also one that looked like a coffin. Scary stuff.

Dancing girls
Dancing girls

As promised, here is the first photo of dancing girls. They were doing an Hawaiian Hula dance.

Beauty queen
Beauty queen

Here come the beauty queens. It is good that they put the pretty girls at the beginning of the parade and the horses at the end of it. Practical thinking.

Beauty queen
Beauty queen

Where there are pretty girls, there are handsome men. Check out the man sitting on the curb with his hand on his chin. He is enthralled.

Three generations of beauty queens
Three generations of beauty queens

I love this float. There are three generations of lovely women on it. I wonder if they are related to each other.

Freestyle dancers
Freestyle dancers

The freestyle dancers were dancing up a storm as you will see in the next photo.

Freestyle dancers
Freestyle dancers

Below is the most extravagant float. It must have been a lot of work to make. I was impressed.

Float
Float

More dancing girls were on the float in the photo below. They were having a lot of fun and so was the crowd.

Dancing girls
Dancing girls

There was music with almost every entry. Huge speakers were blasting out music for all these dancers and also there were several bands.

Drummers
Drummers

I enjoyed watching the girls dressed in the short Mariachi costumes. They were dancing and twirling batons.

Dancing girls
Dancing girls

The gymnasts stopped every few yards and did tricks. They must have been exhausted at the end of it all.

Gymnasts
Gymnasts

I don’t know which groups were from Guadalajara and which were local. There were no leaflets passed out with information about the parade. I liked the group in the next photo because they were my age group and older. But I have no information on them. All I know is that they were having a great time. I wanted to get out and walk with them. Except I didn’t have orange hair and an orange suit.

Marching Senior Citizens
Marching Senior Citizens

Next came the cowboys and horses. Some of the horses were dancing.  This is always my favorite part of parades.

Cowboys on horses
Cowboys on horses

The next photo is the beginning of the cars. Spider man was riding in the spider man car. He got a lot of attention. Especially from the children.

Spider Man
Spider Man

There were many classic cars in the parade. I am guessing that they were on their way to the car show in the park.

Classic Cars
Classic Cars

I am looking forward to next year’s parade but I will try to remember to arrive at least an hour after it is scheduled to start.

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Writer Evelyn

I am a single retired woman living in Ajijic Mexico. I participate in writing informative articles about the Lake Chapala area for AccessLakeChapala.com and hope my posts can give you an idea of what to expect when you visit the area.

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2 thoughts on “The 2013 Mardi Gras Parade in Chapala Celebrating Carnaval”

  • Lorna Davies

    February 12, 2013 at 9:38 am

    We just left ajijic a few weeks ago, what a beautiful parade, next year, now that we know, we will be sure to stay longer and go to the parade! the pictures are great. Thanks,

    Reply
    • Z-Access Admin

      February 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      February is one of the most festive months of the year. Hope you can join in on the festivities next year, you will have allot of fun, especially in the Ajijic Mardi Gras Carnaval parade.

      Reply

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