Carnival and Uxmal
15.02.2012 - 17.02.2012 34 °C
I got to Mérida just on time for the carnival. The night I arrived, the first big event of the carnival, the 'Quema del Mal Humor' (the burning of the bad mood) took place. Some famous people from Mérida were on stage and talked about the carnival and invited some people onto the stage for a funny dancing competition. The king and queen of this year's carnival and other important figures were presented and a small firework display was lit. After this, a live band played. It was a pretty well-known band from Mexico, so that the people were sincing along and having a good time.
On Thursday, I saw some of more of the city and visited some museums until the afternoon, when the next carnival event was on. It was the parade of the young children. My Australian roommate and I were lucky and got invited to watch the parade from one of the private rooms' balconies. We had a great view and could sit down while watching, away from all the people down on the streets. The parade was very nice, mainly because the kids were really cute in their costumes and doing their best to show us the dance choreographies they had learnt for this occasion.
On the third day, I took a trip out of the city, to the ruins of Uxmal. They were some very interesting ruins, much better and bigger than I had expected of this lesser known site. It was not as busy as at the more popular ruins which made the visit even nicer.
At night it was time for the carnival again. This time it was the big, I think the main, parade. There were big colourful groups and floats. It is very different to the German and Luxembourgish carnival; most groups are sponsored by big companies, international such as Coca-Cola and national such as the bus company ADO, instead of being mostly organisations, associations, schools etc. like in Europe. There were some really well-done and colourful costumes, while other groups were simply wearing colourful promotional t-shirts.
This was all I saw of the carnival in Mérida because it was time to travel on the next morning.