Friday, February 12, 2010

Carnival Strikes Los Barriles

Last year we spent Carnival (aka Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday) weekend in La Paz, and among other events we went to the parade which had dozens of elaborate floats full of bands, lightly clad young women and lots and lots of children. It was a loud raucous affair that lasted well into the night. Today Los Barriles had its own version of a Carnival parade. It started about 4pm and lasted until 4:20. Most of the floats were decorated quads (ATVs) driven by “mature” gringos augmented by a few muscle cars driven by local Mexicanos as well as the local police and ambulance vehicles. It was a fun small-town affair sponsored by the local Rotary Club and served as a fund raiser for the Rotary Club’s local projects. Bob was a little disappointed by the lack of “lightly clad young females” but other than that it was an amusing way to spend an hour.

8 Carnival
Double click on the photo above  for more photos of last years carnival in La Paz

While at the Carnival parade, we ran into Doug and Jill, some Canadians we met on several occasions last winter, including hiking in Tripui Canyon. (See the photo album at the bottem of the blog) They were accompanied by their friends Peter and Jane. We chatted for awhile and agreed we’d get together tomorrow evening for happy hour.


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