Cozumel Carnival 2016

Every day selected groups participated in a parade along the malecon since the 3rd February and for the last two weeks, we have been dealt with sleepless nights thanks to the live shows. These shows usually began at 10 or 11 pm and ended at 4 am; we heard practically every word and syllable from our house. It is no wonder they have a siesta every day.
But the final Cozumel Carnival 2016 parade was held on a windy early Tuesday 9th February evening (the rain gratefully left the Island for the occasion). We found a good spot along the malecon and waited, the music already blaring from various trucks and vans as the hoards of people found their spot.

At approximately 6.30 pm the first of the participants came past dancing with glorious smiles and clearly very proud to be a part of this experience. Nearly 2.5 hours later the last of the participants went past smiling, dancing, forever waving and throwing candy to the crowds of people. And that was only 6km in the one direction! They double back on the opposite side of the malecon. Bright colours, big smiles large and small costumes, young and old people, big and small trucks it was a feast of celebrations and I am so thrilled to have been able to witness this event.

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Mostly I am extremely impressed with the citizens of Cozumel, and I am almost positive that every single citizen was at the parade plus a whole lot of tourist. There was little or no crowd control, as in police presence and it was peaceful, enjoyable, friendly and very pleasurable. This little Island is, in my opinion, an example that all countries should immolate.

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Nadine – Mik ‘n Drik Photography; took so many photos it was hard to choose which ones to add to this blog, I hope I selected wisely but please visit our Facebook page and view the rest there

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