Let me give you a little back ground of Carnaval and what it means. Carnaval is an official Mexican holiday that is the start of a 5 day celebration before the Catholic season of lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. The history of this goes back centuries. It is wildly celebrated with parties that go on to the wee hours of the morning. The word Carnaval is taken from the Latin word meaning “take away or goodbye flesh” as the devote Catholics will give up meat for Lent. In Mexico the largest Carnaval is in Mazatlán and it attracts over 300,000 people annually with people coming from all over the world. It is the 3rd largest Carnaval celebration behind Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans. Carnaval is equal to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Amongst all the things to do a popular one is to throw Cascarones, which are egg shells filled with confetti at one another.
If you have never been to Carnivalin Puerto Peñasco, it is something to put on your list of things to do. This year it will March 1-4 which is later than Carnival in other places like New Orleans and other cities in Mexico. It is filled will parades every night that stretch the entire length of the city and are comprised of huge floats, marching bands, stilt walkers, local business groups, bars and restaurants and more. There will be plenty of street vendors as well. Need to get there early to get a good seat, so bring your lawn chairs or sit on the curb, no matter which route you go, you will be entertained. This year the parade route will start by the Cruz Rojo (Red Cross) and wind it’s way north to just south of Sam’s Club. here it will turn right and proceed to the place where the Carnival rides and food booths are set up. This year Carnaval will start right around “Spring Break” so much goes into the planning with security and all. There will a car show contest, Carnaval Queen contest, King of Joy contest, children’s pageant and King of Children Joy contest.
As always Guille Salazar will preside as the Eternal Princess. Guille has been the Eternal Princess since 1975 and always gets the crowd cheering. Guille has been a large part of the Cultural scene here in Rocky Point for many years, along with Nina Mier, Eddie Wharez, Victor Aleman just to name a few people. These people strive to keep cultural events coming year after year and it takes so many hours of planning for these type of events.
In Cholla Bay is where the Santa Claus Club started. The founder of the group John Fowler and the group of people behind it, started it to benefit the children of Cholla Bay as well as the children in need of Rocky Point. They have always been focused on helping to make for a better life for those that are less fortunate. The Santa Claus Club is a nonprofit group and it relies on fund raisers, charity events and donations. John Fowler has been very instrumental in making weekly trips from the Phoenix area to Puerto Peñasco bringing blankets, clothes, shoes, bikes and numerous other things and takes his items to the poor barrios of Rocky Point.
This Over The Line Tournament will be held across from Wrecked at the Reef on Sandy Beach October 21, 2017 from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. There is plenty pf parking, but get there early
There are 3 divisions: Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Men’s Sportsman. The format is a 4 team Round Robin with teams advancing to a single elimination playoff. The Men’s divisions will be playing with the “Big Ball” while the Women’s’ will be playing with the “Orange Ball”.
Players can check in at 8:30 with the tournament starting at 9:00 sharp. The entry fee for the event is $60 USD and includes 3 player T-shirts. Extra tee shirts can be purchased at the event at check-out. If you want to check in person you can do so on October 20th at 7:00 pm at Baja Cantina and Hotel. The Baja Hotel will be offering discounted room rates for players and their families. To make a reservation you can call 602-559-1705 or via the web site http://hotelbaja.net. If you can’t find a room at the Baja Cantina & Hotel, please check out Puerto–Peñasco.com or any of the other rental companies in town.
There will also be a 50/50 drawing and tickets can be purchased on line or at the OTL Tournament. You need not be present to win. You can also purchase them online.
To get more info you can contact the following people. Ryan Lugo – 480-540-8390 Mike Lugo – 480-620-6260 John Fowler – 602-840-1528 Emily Asche – firstname.lastname@example.org
This is great event and remember the proceeds go to benefit less fortunate than us. The weather will be great and if you have little ones, take the time and go visit our new aquarium in the Mirador area near Capone’s Pizza. There is so much to do while you are here from just sitting on the beach to playing in the Tide Pools or go out to Cholla Bay and hunt for Sand Dollars.
Remember Rocky Point is only 1 hour across the US/Mexico border and approximately 4 hours from either Phoenix or Tucson. If you have any questions regarding traveling to Rocky Point please email me at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com.