Residents and travelers to La Paz can experience days and nights full of color, music, dance, delicious Mexican food, poetry readings, mechanical rides, fireworks, and also the incredible parade floats that always bring a carnival to life. This is all part of an amazing "fiesta" in Baja called Carnaval La Paz 2009, which will be held between February 19th and 24th.
The carnival in La Paz is one of those long-awaited celebrations, cherished by almost every inhabitant in the city. People here start creating costumes and designs for their own parade floats months prior to the event! The best ones win a considerable amount of money, but of course that's not the only thing that motivates people of La Paz to get so excited about the carnival, it's more about the joy of being a part of one of the most important events of the year.
The history of carnivals in La Paz can be traced back to the early 19th Century, a time when the wealthy families of the region held the festival within the grounds of their properties, where they named the youngest, or prettiest girl as the "Queen of the Carnival". This changed as years went by, leaving the confines of the private "fincas" or "haciendas", to be held on the public streets where the carnival belongs. Nowadays, any beautiful young woman can be voted for and elected the "Carnival Queen". These days the carnival has become one of the most popular attractions in La Paz for all the townsfolk and tourists to enjoy.
There's a great variety of music to be heard at the carnival, ranging from Spanish ballads to Nortena and Tropical music. In years past a number of renowned Hispanic artists have performed on the main stage, including the likes of Shaila Durcal, "El Flaco" (Thin man) Elizalde, Gloria Trevi, and Reyli to name but a few.
There's always something to do or watch during the carnival, ranging from "La Quema del Mal Humor" (the Burning of Bad Mood), which consists of literally incinerating a human-shaped figure that symbolizes a bad mood, to an award ceremony for the Best Parade Float, which is always the last event of the carnival. There are also lots of performances to watch on the stage, such as comedians, Arab and Polynesian dance academies, Nortena and Banda groups from Sinaloa, and even shows especially for kids. During Carnaval La Paz 2009, you'll have plenty of opportunities to dance the night away with your significant other, or perhaps even meet a new friend to practice your Banda steps with!
With regards to the food, well...it's Mexico! During carnival a food fare is set up on the main street and at the little stands, that stretch the length of the street, you can find almost every typical Mexican food. They serve shrimp, fish, grilled beefsteak tacos, and an exquisite dish made with smoked marlin. There's always plenty of refreshing Mexican "cerveza" available to accompany your meal and to keep the party going!
For all these things and more, you just have to visit the next Carnival in La Paz. It is definitely a must for those who want to mix and mingle with the locals, to learn about the customs of Mexico and experience a traditionally ''Mexican'' atmosphere. Cabos.com offers several hotel deals in La Paz, so you can easily find an option that meets your expectations and budget. Reserve now and experience a real Mexican fiesta in La Paz!
Experience Carnaval La Paz 2009, a Real Mexican Fiesta!
- Miguel Angel Hernández Sánchez