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Events: Carnaval and Super Bowl

 

Festival of the City of Merida YucatanCarnival is HERE!

There will be at least one parade in Merida every day beginning Thursday with the Children’s Parade. On Wednesday, in the evening, the Quemada de Mal Humour (Burning of the Bad Moods) starts the festivities. This year, the Quemada and a concert by Nigga are on the Remate de Paseo de Montejo (at Calle 47) and start at 8 pm. For a complete schedule of events of Carnaval, go to Merida’s Carnaval website.

Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan

There are no orchestra performances this week. However, many of our readers have asked for future performance dates so they can plan trips around them. The Symphony has a wonderful website and has recently posted their complete schedule online.

Monday (Lunes) January 28, 2008

Yucatan Living Conversaciones con Amigos (Conversations with Friends)
Practice Spanish or English with friends. Membership not necessary.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Small Donation

Yucatan Living VAQUERÍA Folkloric Ballet
The signature dance of Yucatan, featuring the Jaranera Orchestra and the City Folkloric Ballet & Trova Yucateca.
Location: Ground floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) January 29, 2008

Yucatan Living The Merida Women’s Dance
This is an annual benefit for Cruz Roja (the Red Cross). The dance is for women only, and includes live music, a well-attended costume competition, a dance show featuring the Red Cross Carnival Queen and much more! Drinks and food are on sale during the event. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time for $200 pesos at Club Campestre (on Prolongación de Montejo just past Superama or telephone: 944-2552). All proceeds benefit the Red Cross.

Note to the Ladies: There will be Women’s Dances held in various locations throughout the state. Proceeds always go to charity. The Women’s Dances are one of the biggest events of the year. No men are allowed and there will be plenty of security to ensure that “peepers” are kept at bay – all in good fun, of course. Times are usually from midnight to 4:00 AM. You have not seen shows like this anywhere outside of Las Vegas – and we can assure you that you have never seen a dance line, in full Las Vegas costume, that has members extending into the geriatric set. These dances are a “must see” event, so don’t miss the Women’s Dance in your town. You can ask anywhere for information about tickets, locations, and the time of the dance.


Yucatan Living Remembrance Musicals: Maratón de la Bella Época
Dance to the Big Band sound of the 40’s, played by the wonderful Jaranara Orchestra. Sit with the crowd in the park, at one of the restaurants that look out over the "dance floor" and eat dinner, or get out there and dance!
Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 by Calle 59
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM for about 1.5 hours
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Condes (the Three Counts)
This trova trio is one of the treasures of Yucatan. Their performances are always wonderful and are a special “must see” for visitors to our city.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium at the Olimpo
Time: 8:30 P.M.
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 30, 2008

Yucatan Living M.E.L. House & Garden Tour
Conducted by Keith Heitke for the benefit of M.E.L.

Location : The tour departs from the Merida English Library, Calle 53 No. 517 between Calle 66 and 68 and ends at 59 No. 572 between Calle 72 and 74.
Time : 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM, all Wednesdays, October thru March.
Reservations : (999) 924-8401
Information : sterlingheitke [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx
Admission : $200 pesos

Yucatan Living Poker Night at Mercer Cigars
Wednesday nights are poker nights at Mercer Cigars. Everyone who participates gets a free Cuban cigar. Buy-in is $500 pesos and First place takes 60% plus a Romeo & Juliet Churchill cigar. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and beer, wine, food and cigars are available. Call for more information or to reserve your spot!
Location : Mercer Cigars, Prolongacion Montejo 85-3, 15 y 17, Colonia Mexico (next to La Parilla )
Time : 8:30 P.M.
Phone : 944-3647

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Jazz, Bossa and Rumba with Cony Ancona
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium at the Olimpo
Time: 9:00 P.M.
Admission: General: $50 MXP, Students & INAPAM: $30 MXP

Yucatan Living Live Jazz
The new home for jazz in Merida. Jazzin’ Merida has food, drinks (no alcohol yet, but soon!) and great live music every week. Tonite, Rosario does live Jazz vocalization.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Thursday (Jueves) January 31, 2008

Yucatan Living The Preschooler’s Carnival Parade
This event should be just precious. Do come out and see the little ones in all their splendor!
Location: Parade route: from the Municipal Palace to Parque de Santa Lucía
Time: 4:00 PM

Admission: Fre

Yucatan Living Live Jazz
The new home for jazz in Merida. Jazzin’ Merida has food, drinks (no alcohol yet, but soon!) and great live music every week. Tonite is the group “Jazzbe”, which features Arturo Guzman, Edgar Bofill and Jeff Kipperman.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living “To Remember is to Live”
Live music under the trees in one of Merida’s oldest parks. This dance starts early and ends at a reasonable hour. Music is by the exceptionally accomplished Jaranara Orchestra. Come on down and enjoy the Big Band sound, something you’re not likely to hear anywhere else but in Merida these days.
Location: Parque Zoológico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 at Avenida Itzaes
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission:
Free


Yucatan Living Yucatan Serenade
The signature serenade of Merida and in the romantic heart of the City.
Location: Parque Santa Lucía , Calle 60 and 55
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Thursday: Classical Music
This performance is always a treat. It could be anything from chamber music to a piano or guitar recital. Whatever the offering, it is always well worth a trip into the city.

Location: The Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Friday (Viernes) February 1, 2008

Yucatan Living Desfile de Corso (The Parade of Pirates)
This should be a spectacle of pirates! It’s the first time we get to see the floats and groups for 2008. It’s Party Time!
Location: Parade Route: From the Monumento a la Patria (where McDonalds is on Paseo de Montejo)to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Friday Get Together (formerly NAFTA parties)
This is the first Friday of an even numbered month. That means everybody gets together at
the Merida English Library. If you need further information, just call: 924-8401.
Location: Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: about 7:30 PM
Admission: Free and open to anyone interested in speaking English

Yucatan Living Live Jazz
The new home for jazz in Merida. Jazzin’ Merida has food, drinks (no alcohol yet, but soon!) and great live music every week.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Baila Merida ( Merida Dances)
Intended for the older crowd, this dance moves to a different park each week.
Location this week: TBA
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sabado) February 2, 2008Carnival in Merida 2008

Yucatan Living Desfile de Fantasía (The Parade of Fantasy)
This is not to be missed. We have been watching the requirements to enter this parade and know it will be one of the most spectacular events of the Carnival season this year.
Location: Parade Route: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Basic Course in Virtual Astronomy
This course comes to us from the University of Sonora. It is 15 Saturdays in length and there is a diploma presented at the end. Must be at least 15 years of age to attend.
Location: the Planetarium in the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 8:00 AM until noon
Admission: General: $1,000 MXP, $500 MXP Students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Live Jazz
The new home for jazz in Merida. Jazzin’ Merida has food, drinks (no alcohol yet, but soon!) and a small cover charge to benefit the performers.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Noche Mexicana (Mexican Night)
An outdoor performance that brings the folklore of all of Mexico to Merida! Music and partying under the stars!
Location: Beginning of Paseo Montejo, Calle 56 A between 47 and 49
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living En el Corazón de Mérida (In the Heart of Merida)
Outdoor concerts, sidewalk cafes, shopping at night – its all here!
Tonight: Concerts in Parque de Santa Lucía (Calle 60 at Calle 55)
Location: Also in Plaza Grande, Centro
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) February 3, 2008

Yucatan Living Desfile de Bachata (The Parade of Bachata )
Bachata is a style of music that is the Dominican Republic’s answer to the blues. This is the big daytime parade! Read all about it on Wikipedia.
Location: Parade Route: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Superbowl Sunday at Mercer Cigars
Mercer Cigars will be hosting a spectacular Superbowl Party, which will include free alitas (wings) and botanas (snacks), delicious Mercer Gumbo. Of course, you will also be able to buy drinks from the bar, which includes a Merida’s best selection of imported beer and single malt Scotch, and you can smoke your favorite cigar, of course!
Location : Mercer Cigars, Prolongacion Montejo 85-3, 15 y 17, Colonia Mexico (next to La Parilla )
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Bicycle Route on Sundays in MeridaYucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
(Probably canceled this week due to Carnival) The Bici-Ruta begins early, at 8:00 AM, though we see them setting up as early as 7:00 am, and ends at noon. The route begins in Ermita and San Juan Parks, passes through the Centro up Calle 60 and then travels down Paseo de Montejo, to include Fiesta Americana. If you want to play chess, go to the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo de Montejo at 9 am and pick up a game! There is a complete listing of activities, including sports, music, and craft events on the Bici-Ruta website.
Location: Begins at Parque de la Ermita, through the Plaza Grande and Ends at the glorieta on Prolongation Paseo Montejo (by Burger King).
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mérida en Domingo
(Probably canceled this week due to Carnival) Sunday downtown is a spectacular tradition in Mérida. Start at the center of town, where booths are set up all around the Plaza Grande. Inside the plaza, you can find huipiles, guayaberas, honey, dolls, bags, tee-shirts… and everything is made for sale by the local people of the Yucatan. The outer ring of booths are selling food: marquesitas, tacos, cochinita, ice cream (try the coconut), fruit, drinks, etc. If the crowd starts to get to you, wander up Calle 60 to Santa Lucia Park, where you can also find antiques, old books and other curiosities. At that lovely park, there is also live music, lots of dancing, and great food.
Location: In the Centro Historico: Plaza Grande, Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55) and MACAY Museum (Calle 60 between 61 and 63)
Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM
Admission: Free, of course…

Yucatan Living Sunday Art on Paseo de Montejo
(Probably canceled this week due to Carnival) Every Sunday there are artists displaying and selling their fine art along Paseo Montejo. There are usually 20 or more artists showing their paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and more. This is your chance to meet the artists, see what’s new and maybe pick up something great for those big empty walls in your new renovated home in Merida or that house by the beach.
Location: Paseo de Montejo in front of VIPS (on the southeast corner of Avenida Colon, across from WalMart)
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday at the MACAY
(Possibly canceled this week due to Carnival) There is a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the Merida en Domingo crowd starts to get to you, go to the museum (entrance is free). Sit around the fountain or walk through the galleries and listen to the live music.
Location: In the Garden at the MACAY (next to the Cathedral)
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

 


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4 Responses to “Events: Carnaval and Super Bowl”

  1. are the dates correct???

  2. NOW they are… thanks for pointing that out!

  3. Help! Any Schedule for Progreso?

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