It’s Carnaval time in Chapala and the town is geared up.
There are decorations popping up.
And, of course, there was a parade.
Friday evening the square started to fill in around 7PM. That was the published time of the parade. In Chapala, as in Mexico, as in much of the rest of the world, the obsession with adherence to time is much more spongy than in the U.S.
It starts when it starts.
In the meanwhile, have a seat on a bench and chit-chat with the gathering folks and engage in that popular sport of people watching.
Carnaval is an especially ripe time to do so. Folks in costume. Performers. Artists. Lovers. It’s all here.
Carnaval here is not like the celebration we’ve seen from Rio (at least we don’t think so; we’ve never been to Rio though). Here, it seems more laid back; less flamboyant, more homey, more family.
And the parade seemed to emphasize those aspects. Of course, there was some glitz (what would a parade be without any?).
Everybody, it seems, turns out for the parade. Check out our neighbors. Grandma, parents, toddlers and even infants. Everyone seeming to have a good time.
So, on with the parade. Enjoy.
Walking back home, we caught a rare glimpse of the Chapala sign at the malecon relatively quiet.
Home sweet home.