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Merida Events: Carnival is Here!

This Week… starting February 04, 2013

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living San Felipe Fiesta: February 05
This fiesta is in honor of San Felipe de Jesus. San Felipe is between Rio Lagartos and Dzilam de Bravo and is rapidly becoming quite a tourist destination. Any seafood you can think of can be found here and it is a great place to see waterfowl, turtles, and flamingos.

Yucatan Living Merida Carnaval 2013
Merida Yucatan Carnaval 2013The dates of Merida’s Carnival 2013 activities are Feb. 6 through Feb. 13. The theme is Mystic Merida, combining legends and fantasy. The website is the city website here. Sale of Box Seats: If you would rather view the parades from the comfort of a seat, you certainly may do so. If you are interested in viewing the parades in comfort, you can keep an eye on the Tickets for Boxes website.

Monday (Lunes) February 04, 2013

Yucatan Living Look for an event on our list of ongoing events here.

Yucatan Living Official Holiday in Mexico


Tuesday (Martes) February 05, 2013

Yucatan Living Two Documentaries: Campo Nueve and Chibal Kaan
Campo Nueve : Carlos has worked for four years with the family of Abraham, a Mennonite who has lived in Yucatan for a decade. Carlos’ job was cutting trees for charcoal. The Maya community disagreed with the practice and finally forced the Mennonites to stop. Both Mennonites and Maya were afraid of each other for many years. Today, the two very different cultures live in peace. The film conveys the relationship between them and portrays the lifestyle of Mennonites from the point of view of a Maya director. Chibal Kaanis the story of Victor Ceballos. His work is the preparation of an herbal remedy to cure the bite of poisonous snakes. His skill is something he learned as a child as part of an ancient and secret wisdom inherited from generations of the Ceballos family. Victor believes one must help to be helped and that is his concept of the purpose of his work. These films are in Spanish.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Ensueño
This trio is under the direction of Diego Cocom. Both the trio and the director have reached legendary status in their generation’s interpretation of Trova Yucateca.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Before Sunshine
(USA/Austria/Switzerland, 1995). Director: Richard Linklater. Starring: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpie. A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one romantic evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Martí, Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Gineres
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free


Wednesday (Miercoles) February 06, 2013

Documentary about Yucatan

Yucatan Living Movie: Toro Negro
In the Mayan community fairs of the Yucatán Peninsula, the daring toreador offers a fleeting escape from the bleak realities of impoverished citizens. In this documentary from filmmakers Pedro González Rubio and Carlos Armella, the plight of a struggling toreador is explored in vivid and sometimes graphic detail. Self-destructive stuntman Fernando Pacheco’s life-risking exploits in the ring serve to distract viewers and offer a fleeting moment of entertainment … .
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Carnaval: Quema del Mal humor
Merida Yucatan Carnaval 2013 Carnaval’s Kings and Queens present their show and fireworks. This event is the “burning of the bad humors” and marks the start of Carnival.
Location: Outside the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63)
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission : Free


Thursday (Jueves) February 07, 2013

Famous Photographers in Mexico

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Hugo Brehme (1882 – 1954)
Hugo Brehme is still considered to be one of the best pictorialist photographers. His work highlights the beautiful scenery and daily life of Mexico. Brehme may have been the first modern photographer in Mexico, and the last representative of an old guard, with eyes still on the nineteenth century.
Location: Museo de Arte Popular de Yucatan, Calle 50-A # 487 x 57, Centro
Time: 6:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free, includes a wine reception. Reservations email: mariana [dot] milletespinosa [at] banamex [dot] com

Yucatan Living Movie: Experimental Eskimos
In the early 1960s the Canadian government conducted an experiment in social engineering. Three young Inuit boys were separated from their families in the Arctic and were sent to Ottawa.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Carnaval: Pre-School Parade
Location: From the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63) to Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55)
Time: 4:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Manuel Alvarez Bravo's Photographs in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Manuel Alvarez Bravo’s used photography to express the beauty of Mexicans in portraits and nudes. He also uses compositions to highlight traditions in the Mexican way of life. He is often honored by being called “the” Mexican photographer.
Location: Museo Casa Montejo, Calle 62 # 506 x 60 y 62, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free, includes a wine reception. Reservations email: mariana [dot] milletespinosa [at] banamex [dot] com

Yucatan Living Music: Dreaming and Singing with Guitar
This will be a beautiful performance by Juan Luis de Pablo Enriquez Rohen, the composer of the music itself. The performance is under the direction of Alejandra Argoytia. The theme of this show is an evening of songs that are fun to experience. There will be a variety of music, including a little bossa-nova and even a little blues.
Location: Tapanco Cultural Center, Calle 68 x 47
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $60 pesos and $40 for students and INAPAM, Reservations: 289-4272


Friday (Viernes) February 08, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: Marley
A documentary on the life, music and legacy of Bob Marley.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $80 pesos

Yucatan Living Carnaval: Corso Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo to Parque de San Juan (Calle 62 x 71)
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free


Saturday (Sabado) February 09, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: Flower In Otomi
One evening in October 1973 at dinner, Dení rose from the table and said to her family, “I will be back in a while…” and she left to join the guerrillas. She went to the house that the National Liberation Forces had in Nepantla, a town 50 miles from Mexico City. Four months later the army with rifles and grenades assaulted the house. Four comrades and Dení, who was only 19 years old, were killed.

Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Carnaval: Fantasy Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo to Parque de San Juan (Calle 62 x 71)
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living La Tropa: Moving Art
This is a presentation of music, dance, visual arts, literature and theater that is moving around the Municipality of Merida. Do try to see it when it comes to a park near you.< br />
Location: Parque Juan Crisostomo Cano Cano (Calle 24 x 24 y 26, Col. Miguel Aleman)
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free


Sunday (Domingo) Febrero 10, 2013

Yucatan Living Carnaval Bachata Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria, on Paseo de Montejo, to Parque de San Juan (Calle 62 x 71)
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Carnaval Yucatan Beach

Yucatan Living Chelem: Carnival Street Jam
El Bull Pen Chelem is turning Calle 19 into Burbon Street South! The entire paved road in front of El Bull Pen will be closed off for Carnival fun. There will be local musicians jamming in the street, blues, jazz and rock. There will be tents over the street and full access through the doors of El Bull Pen. All musicians are welcome to participate and costumes are encouraged. There will be a prize for the best carnival look, costume and carnival face.
Location: El BullPen in Chelem (Calle 19)
Time: 3:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free with food, liquors, beer, darts and washrooms available for sale inside El Bull Pen


Monday (Lunes) February 11, 2013

Yucatan Living Carnaval: Regional Parade
This is the parade where many of the participants where traditional costumes, ride in calesas, and where some traditional personalities join in. The parade isn’t quite as flashy, but it is one of the most unique parades!
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo, to Parque de San Juan (Calle 62 x 71)
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free


Tuesday (Martes) February 12, 2013

Carnaval in Merida 2013

Yucatan Living Carnaval: Battle of the Flowers Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo, to Parque de San Juan (Calle 62 x 71)
Time: 12:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free


Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Wednesday: Feb. 13: Burial of Juan Carnaval
This day is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. It is also the last day of Carnival, with the last event being the Burial of Juan Carnival.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 63
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Valentine Dinner : Feb. 14
Special Menu plus Surprise Live Music.
Location: Thai Flash Progreso
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM seatings
Admission: $350 pesos per couple. Includes one appetizer, two entrees and live romantic music. Reservations: 999-101-7330 / thaiflashmerida [at] gmail [dot] com

Yucatan Living Art Opening at La Eskalera Gallery in Merida YucatanArt Opening: Marina Epstein and Bruce Davis: February 15
The show will be open from February 15 through March 12. This is the first exhibition for these two fine artists and everyone is invited to attend the opening at this very extensive art gallery located behind Santiago Park.
Location: Galeria Eskalera, Calle 70 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: James Bond Night : February 17
For your eyes only, Zamna has a license to kill. Join in the fun as you only live twice. This event includes dinner and one of the now famous Zamna quizzes.
Location: Hotel Zamná, Calle 53 #547 x 70 y 72.
Time: 7:30 PM doors open, 8:00 PM Dinner served
Admission: $135 pesos (seating limited) Please collect tickets prior to the event .

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: A Trip Down Memory Lane : March 1
Let Hotel Zamna take you on a jet-set lifestyle to ancient cities. They will even throw in a taxi ride and music of the 60s.
Location: Hotel Zamná, Calle 53 #547 x 70 y 72.
Time: 7:30 PM doors open, 8:00 PM Dinner served
Admission: $135 pesos (seating limited) Please collect tickets prior to the event .

Yucatan Living Telchac Puerto: Spay/Neuter Program . Saturday March 9: Rummage and bake sale
Telchac Puerto will be holding it’s first spay/neuter clinic on Sunday, March 17, and everyone is very excited about it. On March 9, there will be a fundraiser for the clinic. There will be a rummage sale and a bakesale in the Telchac central square. They are asking for donations for the rummage sale. If you have anything you would like to donate, please drop it off at Hotel Libros y Suenos by the day before the sale. Baked goods should be dropped off either the day of the sale or no more than the day before. Everyone is invited to come out and support these worthy efforts by either donating an item or buying something from the sale.
Location: Telchac Puerto central square.
Time: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
For more information: e-mail:

Mystery Murder Play in Yucatan

Yucatan Living 2013 Murder Mystery Theater March 3 – 9 and 12 – 14
The Merida Players are proud to announce the 2nd annual Merida Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre “Murder in Merida: Love Hacienda Style”. Join the hilarity when Inspector Gustavo returns along with F.B.I. Criminal Profiler Marilyn Weatherbean and a whole new mystery to solve! YOU get to solve the MURDER! Proceeds to benefit Evolución A.C, AMANC A.C. and Hogar Nueva Vida.
Location: Hennessy’s Irish Pub (March 3 – 7 and March 12 – 14) and Hacienda Santa Cruz (March 8 and 9)
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 15 for the following performances: Hennessy’s Irish Pub on March 3-7 and March 12-14, $395 pesos. Hacienda Santa Cruz on March 8 and 9, $495 pesos. Tickets include the show plus a three-course meal.
More information: For performances at Hennessy’s Irish Pub, tickets can be purchased directly at Hennessy’s Irish Pub 999-923-8993. For performances at Hacienda Santa Cruz, tickets can be purchased at The Shops at La Maison Bleu, Calle 60 No. 386C x 41 y 43 Centro. (Store entrance on Calle 41 at corner of Calle 60; store hours 10-5 M-F and 10-3 Sat). Ask about special room rates at Hacienda Santa Cruz available to Murder Mystery ticket holders only. For more information visit the Merida Murder Mystery Theater website or call 999-143-4711 or email info [at] meridamysterytheatre [dot] com


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2 Responses to “Merida Events: Carnival is Here!”

  1. Love the Carnival because the schools put in so much effort and the students are a great advertisement for Merida. And the police do a great job.

    But there is too little Yucatan and too much big business – so many floats are nothing to do with Merida or the Yucatan. I understand the carnival needs sponsors to break even, but sponsorship can take a more subtle form surely?

  2. Peter, we couldn’t agree with you more. But it is what it is.


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