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Events: It’s Time for Carnival!

This Week… starting February 8

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living What? No Municipal Fairs or Fiestas this week? There are no regularly scheduled municipal fairs and fiestas this week because it is the week leading up to Carnival. There are celebrations in every corner of Yucatan and no place more so than in Merida. If you are in an outlying town or village, just drop by the local Casa de la Cultura or the Office of the Mayor to ask what’s happening in your town for Carnival.

Yucatan Living Carnival 2010: Merida, Yucatan
When we looked at the Events this week, we thought that there really doesn’t seem to be much happening in Merida, and then we realized that there are huge Carnival events and/or parades every single day beginning on Wednesday. If Carnaval Merida 2010anyone did schedule additional events, no one would be able to get to them because of the crowds! Park the car and walk – or take a bus. This is going to be a grand party that lasts for 7 full days and nights! The worst days for driving are Sunday and Tuesday, when all of Paseo de Montejo will be blocked off for most of the day and night. On the days when the parade is at night, Paseo de Montejo will be open in the mornings, but will start to close around 2 in the afternoon. Usually. Nothing is for sure during this week, so plan accordingly.


In the City of Merida


Monday (Lunes) February 8, 2010

Yucatan Living No Special Events listed for today, but See Our Ongoing Events for plenty to do in Merida!


Tuesday (Martes) February 9, 2010

Yucatan Living Presentation of the Piece of the Month
Founding of the League of Social Action
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 56 x 65
Time: 9:00 AM Tuesday
Admission: FreeManhattan

Yucatan Living Movie: Manhattan
Director: Woody Allen. This 1979 movie stars Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, and Meryl Streep. A divorced New Yorker currently dating a high-schooler looks for love in the mistress of his best friend instead. The beginning of the Me Generation.
Location: Cairo Cinema Café, Calle 20 No. 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Sentimiento
This performance is under the direction of Andy Uicab.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Café Pena K’aay T’aan: 100th Program Celebration
Tonight there will be a special program to celebrate the 100th Tuesday performance in this great café environment. Here is where you will hear and see the Mayan stars of tomorrow. Sometimes there are artists and poets, sometimes writers or dancers. But always there is music. This should be a great show, so plan to be there to celebrate with them.
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 65 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free


Wednesday (Miercoles) February 10, 2010

Yucatan Living Quema del Mal Humor (Burning of Bad Moods)
The kickoff of Carnival. Lots of fireworks… let the party begin!
Location: Lower Floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Banda “Eulogy”
This performance is entitled Tribute to “Tool”
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Charlie Bartlett
(U.S., 2007) Director: John Poll, Starring Anton Yelchin (as Charlie), Hope Davis, Kat Dennings, and Robert Downey, Jr. (as the Principal). A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school – a comedy/drama.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti/ Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Musical Recital: Grupo Rock Alternativo
This generation of rock lovers makes our generation look a little “quaint,” but that’s ok. They have a new and improved rock and its great to see how far they have come.
Location: Casa De la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 65 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: FreeInternational Symposium

Yucatan Living 6th International Symposium on More Business Value: A World Strategy
Dates: Feb. 10, 11, & 12
Sponsored by UADY’s College of Accounting and Business Administration.
These 3 days will include 9 conferences, attended by students from 15 universities, as well as other interested parties. You are cordially invited to attend as well.
Location: Convention Center Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: Registration on 10th at 9:00 AM
Admission: Pre-registration: $400 pesos, registration on the 10th, $600 pesos
For More Information: simpomasvalor[at]gmail[dot]com, or call: 999 157-6972 

Pre-School Parade

Thursday (Jueves) February 11, 2010

Yucatan Living Pre-School Parade

Really, this parade gets the highest points for charming! Kids in costumes are just adorable… and it’s a short parade, so if you’re a little late, you might miss it.
Location: From the Municipal Palace to Parque Santa Lucia
Time: 4:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Videos and Concerts of The Cure
This is a great alternative rock group.
Location: Cairo Cinema Café, Calle 20 No. 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: SnatchSnatch
This is a 2000 Guy Richie film, Starring Brad Pitt. Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free


Friday (Viernes) February 12, 2010

Yucatan Living Corso Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $28 pesos per chair, or free along Montejo and after the Plaza. Restaurants along the route often have special seating to eat and see the parade.

Yucatan Living Slow Foods Farmer’s Market
This organic farmer’s market will launch today and will be held every Friday after that. Vendors who wish to sell their products at the Farmer’s Market must send a solicitation describing the product and retail prices to David Sterling Los Dos Cooking School, Calle 68 No. 517, Colonia Centro. You may also e-mail chefsterling [at] los-dos [dot] com. Here’s a tip about the vendors from Monique Duval’s weekly newsletter:

So who are the vendors, you ask? Well if you have a tree laden with fruit in your back yard and don´t know what to do with all that organic food, perhaps you should consider being a vendor. (Attached you will find a simple  application form and criterion list for vendors.) It only costs 25 pesos per table or you can share a table with a friend. (You provide the table.) That is exactly what the amazing bio-music therapist Vanessa Calfan will be doing. Years ago she planted a passion fruit (maracuya) vine which is now a vigorous and massive plant that is sprawling and spilling in every nook and cranny of her back yard. She´ll be at the market sharing her fruit. Martine Bordi, organizer of the French club Quoi de Neuf Merida, is bringing her star fruit from the Carambola tree in her back yard. This abundant tree gives more fruit then her family and friends can eat so, she, too, will be at the market. These are women who have heard about the market and have decided to share their wealth with us. That is the spirit and essence of this market and I hope that you pass that thought around.

But you don’t have to SELL to enjoy the Farmer’s Market… you can BUY, of course! Monique Duval’s breads and yogurts, arugula, crabcakes, pizza crust and other delicacies will be available (email monique to find out more at moniqueduval [at] aol [dot] com), and of course, a number of other vendors will be there selling fresh tofu and soy milk, quail and eggs, free range chickens and eggs, organic peanut butter and honey, locally grown vegetables and fruits (some of them organic!), homemade granola, sauces, artisan breads, organic goat cheese, dairy products. There even might be fish! Come show your support and stock up your kitchen with good healthy homemade things!
Location: Calle 31 # 70 x 12 y 14, Col. Chuburna de Hidalgo
Phone: 999-928-1116
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM every Friday
Admission: Free Kinoki Film Festival

Yucatan Living Shorts from the Festival KINOKI
This is an international festival of university cinema groups and is supposed to be the best of the best. It is well worth checking out.
Location: Cairo Cinema Café, Calle 20 No. 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Swedish Massage at La 68
La 68 will be offering Swedish massages on their terrace. The one and a half hours treatment includes a facial and a tisana.
Location: La 68, Calle 66 x 55
Time: from 2 pm to 8 pm
Admission: $ 700 pesos. Reservations required with 50% down payment
Information: call 924-9540 or e-mail la68 [at] la68 [dot] com


Saturday (Sábado) February 13, 2010

Yucatan Living Parade of Fantasia
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $28 pesos per chair, or free along Montejo and after the Plaza

Yucatan Living Movie: Closer
Director: Mike Nichols. This 2004 movie stars Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.
Location: Cairo Cinema Café, Calle 20 No. 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free


Sunday (Domingo) February 14, 2010Carnival, Merida 2010

Yucatan Living Sunday: Feb. 14, 2010: Parade de Bachata
Well – its certainly shorter to say Bachata than “Laissez et la bon temps rouler!” – and easier to spell too! This is a parade to make some noise and have a good time!
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: $28 pesos per chair, or free along Montejo and after the Plaza

Yucatan Living Movie: Love Actually
Director: Richard Curtis. This 2003 movie stars Bill Nighy, Colim Firth, Sienna Guillory, Liam Neeson, and Emma Thompson, among others. It follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
Location: Cairo Cinema Café, Calle 20 No. 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Carnaval Next Week

Yucatan Living Carnival 2010: Merida, YucatanJacarandoso in the Carnaval

Monday: Feb. 15, 2010: Regional Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM

Tuesday: Feb. 16, 2010: Battle of Flowers Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 12:00 PM

Wednesday: Feb. 17, 2010: Burning of Juan Carnival

The end to Carnival….more fireworks!
Location: Plaza Grande
Time: 7:00 PM


Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Feb. 20: World Championship Boxing in Merida!
Guty Espadas (former champ) vs Elio Rojas (current champ),
With Espadas as the clear local favorite!
Location: Poliforum Merida, Kukulcan Stadium
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at MegaMedia (Prolongacion Montejo in front Club Campestre) and Materama (Construction stores)

Yucatan Living The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan
Don’t forget to sneak a peek at the coming offerings from the Symphonic Orchestra this Spring. Stars we will see include: Christopher Collins (violin) in February, Robbin Blanco (classical guitar) in March, Alfredo Arjona (piano) in April, Luis Mora (clarinet) in May, and the big finale to the entire season is… Carmen (the opera) is back in June for six performances! …and you will never guess who is singing in the role of Carmen! Carla Dirlikov! Carla is a young friend of ours and the U.S. Cultural Envoy to Mexico. What a season!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday performances: 9:00 PM, Sunday performances 12:00 PM
Admission:$150, $100, $80 and $60 pesos. 25% discount for children and INAPAM
More Information: 923-1334 and 923-1335Event at the MACAY

Yucatan Living Feb. 19: Experimental Film Screening: Much Such Jedz
The film is by Byrt Wammack Weber. The evening will include a collective showing of the work of the Turix and Mayan community, as well as the national premiere of the work of Elijah Puc, who will participate in the International Electroacoustic Music Festival “Spring in Havana 2010.”
Location: the MACAY, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Feb. 27: Casa Zamna: A Night of Carnival Magic & MusicCarnaval Night At Casa Zamna
Latin American music from Samba to Salsa. A roast pork sit down dinner will be served with all the trimmings, including flan, with fruit in a rum sauce topped with cream for desert and Caribbean coffee. Limit to number of guests: 40. The theme is Carnival and there are great prizes to be won!
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 #547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: 8:00 PM, Music begins at 8:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos, reservations must be paid in advance due to catering
Reservations & Information: 999 924 0103

Yucatan Living March 7: Support Brazos Abiertos: Showcase of Homes
This home tour features the award winning designs of Merida architect Henry Ponce.
Admission: $250 pesos per person
 For more information, contact John Truax john [at] hivyucatan [dot] org

Yucatan Living March 7: Guiness Record for Cochinita Pibil
Fundación Produce Yucatán, AC, organizer of Expocampo Yucatán, invites yoCochinita Pibil for Guiness Recordu to come and be part of history! A Guiness Judge will be coming all the way from New York City to judge the world’s largest Cochinita Pibil. According to official reports, the entire Conchinita Pibil will contain more than 2,850 kilos of raw materials, including over 2,000 kilos of raw meat. This is a once in a lifetime event, so you can be sure that everybody is going to be on hand to celebrate! We’ll see you there!
Location: Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: We suspect this will be an event that will be all day, at the very least, and more than one day if we know Yucatan’s hospitality like we do.
Admission: TBA – but probably Free!

Yucatan Living March 14: Support Brazos Abiertos: Houston AIDS Walk
Brazos Abiertos asks that you support the work they do by joining the Houston AIDS Walk. Please go to and join their team!

Yucatan Living Saturday: April 3: Sir Elton John To Sing at Chichen Itza
This performance is one that many have been waiting for, but only a few will enjoy! This singer-composer-pianist has sold over 250 million records and has had more than 50 hit songs. There is not a generation in the Carmen in Merida Mexicopast 40 years that has not had their age defined by one of his masterpieces. If you missgetting a reserved ticket, we are certain there will be other opportunities to get a ticket between now and the time of the concert. We will keep you informed with all the latest on this exciting event.
Admission: $10,000 pesos, $7,000 pesos, $5,000 pesos, $3,000 pesos, $2,000 pesos and $1,000 pesos.
Tickets on sale: and Siglo XXI Convention Center

Yucatan Living Starting June 11: Carmen
Friend of Merida Carla Dirlikov will be starring in the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Carmen. This is sure to be a stunning event that will be repeated for only six performances. Tickets will be on sale at the Teatro Peon Contreras sometime soon… we’ll let you know when we know more! For the entire Symphony schedule, check here.


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One Response to “Events: It’s Time for Carnival!”

  1. Thank you – for all the ‘Events’ information – it will be very helpful on my trip
    to Merida within the next few weeks. Muchas Gracias!! Roberto


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