Carnaval is winding to a dramatic and climatic ending this coming Tuesday. Yet it seems as if this weekend has been the big blow off.
Somewhere nearby a party went on until 5:30 in the morning, with very loud music. I could hear it in the bedroom and I’m pretty hard of hearing. Roused from a slumber, I stumbled into the living room and saw that I had left the sliding window open. Promptly shutting it, I was able to dull the noise to at least a sleeping level for me.
Our neighbor got to listen all night however.
Such is Carnaval.
Still, it’s great fun.
Chapala is swarming with visitors. And, of course, the locals are all out too. Its one huge party: on the square; on the malecon; and in the park across the street from us, which, this year, is Carnaval Central for Chapala.
Families are out with food and drink and enjoying to the fullest the few remaining days and the last weekend before the beginning of Lent.
The usually quiet street is jammed.
And the entrance fee for the park has gone from a lowly five pesos (twenty cents U.S.) to thirty-five pesos (a dollar and seventy-five cents).
Still, the park is rocking and rolling.
All the usually quiet and grassy pathways are now crowded with vendors, mostly food yet a few product providers as well. Booze too. It’s legal here. And, not to be left out, a paraphernalia shop where the proprietor was puffing away on a beefy doobie. It’s legal here too, although the government has yet to determine the rules. (Mexican courts recently struck down the marijuana ban.)
Food, food, food!
And carnaval games.
And, of course, cotton candy. Take a look at the size you can get there. (I didn’t.)
There’s a area for bands to play and a hot air balloon where you can take a tethered ride.
What a town!