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Carnival in Rocky Point 2017

The dates for Carnival 2017 will be March 3 -5.  At a recent Press Conference, Mayor Kiko Munro, along with the Secretary of Tourism, Luis Altamirano,  head of Cultural events, Nina Mier,  Representative of DIF, and Professor Ceina (who has been in charge of organizing the parade as well as coordinating the events for the past several years.  The reason for choosing these dates is so that it will not conflict with Carnival festivals  in Guaymas, Ensenada and Puerto Vallarta.  Many people come from these areas to add to our parade along with bands, motorcycle clubs and stilt walkers and so  much more.  Carnival has been going for well over 20 years most of the time.  Mayor Munro stated that the plan is now in effect to see that it continues to be an annual event.

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico
During the meeting, the subject came up about safety and Mayor Munro assured everyone that all branches of the Police will be involved, City, State and Federal as well as the Red Cross and the Fire department as well as the military.

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico
The parade will start near the baseball stadium as in the past at approximately 4:00 p.m.and proceed south on Benito Juarez and end at the big open lot next to Manny’s in the Mirador area that is being leveled. It will be both Friday and Saturday. The main reason to have it end in the Mirador area is that perhaps this will start to revitalize the area. The Mirador area for years was the place to be at spring break between Manny’s Beach Club,  Baja Cantina, Ice Box, Pink Cadillac. After Manny’s closed it slowed down  and the local businesses in that area suffered.   It is expected that on Friday night there will be about 6,000 present to hear the concerts by several name groups as well as have fun in the carnival atmosphere.  Saturday night they figure there will be over 3,000 people in attendance.  This will give not only the kids on Spring Break, but any RVer’s that are left to take in some of the Mexican Culture.

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Photo by Beverly Arrowood

There will also be a stage set up in front of the Ice House, where there is always competition between the contestants and they do what they call “burning”, we they talk bad about or makes jokes about the contestants.

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico
Guillermo Salazar will again be the Eternal Princess as  has been the case for the several years. The costumes worn are all hand made made and change from year to year.  You can see the detail that is put into these costumes.

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico
This should be a busy time as ASU’s Spring Break starts on the 4th but many will be arriving on the 3rd.  If you know of “Spring Breakers” coming down, please ask them to be cautious if the parade is moving when they arrive.

carnaval rocky point 2016
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Don’t forget to be there early along the parade route to get a great seat.  The streets will be packed, so plan

CarnavalRocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

to sit awhile until the crowds clear to head to your destination.  This is always a fun filled parade and this year should be no different.

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Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Please enjoy the pictures and that weekend.
carnival puerto penasco
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

carnival puerto penasco 2016
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

MExican Mardi Gras
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Puerto Peñasco Upcoming Events

As you know by now the Whale Watching season is in full swing.  Plan a trip to Rocky Point to see these beautiful creatures.  They don’t hang around for ever, so come down soon.  Make sure you have a reservation as the hotels and condos are filling up rapidly.  Here is a run down on just some of the upcoming events we have planned for you, beside our beautiful weather.

Canrnival Vive Penasco

Here are the four events taking place in Puerto Peñasco February 26-28.      As I tried to get onto Calle 12 today, it was completely blocked off with the 18 wheelers carrying the carnival games  for the Fiesta Cultura and Carnival.     This event happens every spring with Guille being the Eternal Princess of the 3 days of parades that start on Benito Juarez and No Reelección near the Baseball stadium.  It will start at 3 p.m. There will be bands and floats of all types and sizes.     The parade will come south and turn right by the Anchor at the entrance to the Malecon and turn right on Luis Encinas  and end at Calle 13, but all the other excitement will be on Calle 12 and Calle 13 in the evenings.     Try to get on Benito Juarez early to get a good seat.   I would suggest bringing your own chairs as the parade is very long.  Yes it also appears that as  in the past you could have a beer on the street, just be considerate and as in camping if you pack it in, pack it out.  This is always the highlight of the year.

Vive Penasco Map

Next comes the Off Road race sponsored by SADR and is known a the “Tequila 150“.  The race begins by the Bomberos on Avenue Freemont and continues East towards the Mayan Palace past the Estuary Morua and then zig zags north through the desert and then back south and finally culminates at the main PIT behind the REEF on Sandy Beach.  You are bound to see some huge rails and trucks of all types and sizes.

Tequila 150 off road race

If sand being kicked in your face and loud noise is not your cup of tea either, than on the 27th go to at Latitude 31 where  the 50’s Sock Hop is being held starting at 4 p.m.  There will be prizes for best 50’s attire and great raffle prizes plus “SPECIAL” food and drink prices.  Proceeds go to benefit the Association Civil Ley 186 which is assistance for the local disabled community.  With all the RV’ers in town, this should be a good time as we know they all remember sock hops.

50's Charity Sock Hop

Last but not least on Feb 27 at FISH Restaurant is their 1 year Anniversary going from 3- 10:00.  FISH is located in the former Lighthouse and features outstanding food and service.Fish Restaurant anniversary

As I speak of the RV Community, Puerto Peñasco has been host to 3 large caravans once again including the Escapee’s and others.  As we traveled to Sun City on Thursday we passed another group of about 30 RV’s heading south for the warm weather, great shrimp and just time to hang out on the beach.  It is great to see these folks coming back in large groups as they realize that Puerto Peñasco is a very  SAFE place to be. Even the dry camping RV area has been full all the time.  This gives our economy a real boost and allows us to showcase our city and it’s people.  Vendors line the beach selling their silver and other good  items, women are doing massages or braiding your hair. Horseback riding is available or the retires can just hang at the RV Parks of either Playa Bonita, Playa Del Oro or the REEF and perhaps play cards or other games and meet new friends. On our visit to Sun City we stayed at the Sun City Elks Lodge where we got the chance to invite other RV’ers down and actually have 2 groups coming down.

March is just around the corner, so we are preparing for “Spring Break” followed by Easter or “Semana Santa… Easter Holy Week“.  Here again make your hotel or condo reservations now  if you have not already done so.

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You can also check out our Full Year Calendar for more events.

In closing, may I once again remind you:

Life is a Journey.. not a Destination, and the Journey begins in Puerto Penasco”