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By José Antonio Perez
With expectations of surpassing last year’s carnaval-goer numbers, plans are shaping up for the 2017 VIVA Peñasco Carnaval to take place March 3rd – 5th. This year, the Mirador will serve as the main venue for concerts, carnival rides, theater, rodeo, and more.
The three-day event, which will include daily afternoon parades on Blvd. Juarez (starting around 3 pm) stretching from the baseball stadium to the Mirador, aims to once again “provide an opportunity for the community to come together, revive traditions, provide a venue for local artists, and of course generate tourism,” detailed Mayor Kiko Munro in a recent press conference.
Carnaval organizers welcome entries for both floats and groups wishing to take part in the parade, with the deadline for entries being 7 p.m. on February 27th. Parade requirements and entry information can be obtained at the Municipal Office of Art & Culture / Municipal Public Library (across from City Hall) or by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org / 638 383 3323 Facebook (inbox): Cultura Arte Peñasco; Twitter: @arteculturapp
There is no cost for entering your group and/or float, and this year’s category is open though with the ongoing theme of “Viva Peñasco”.
Prizes range from:
Dance/marching groups (minimum 25 people): 1st 7000 pesos, 2nd 4000 pesos, and 3rd 2000 pesos.
Floats: 1st 10,000 pesos, 2nd 7,000 pesos, and 3rd 5,000 pesos.
While traditional carnaval festivities will be held in different spots across the country a week before, in Puerto Peñasco the decision was made to once again hold VIVA Peñasco a week later in offering the opportunity for carnaval groups from nearby cities to participate.
This year, carnaval festivities will be held in the Mirador area, at the intersection of Ave. Campeche and Calle Matamoros. This decision was made as a way to revive the neighborhood, which at one point had been one of the city’s main tourist spots. Entry to the Carnaval “midway” will be free, with ride tickets available for purchase inside.
Municipal Tourism Director Luis Altamirano detailed among the musical performances, headlining concerts will include Laberinto on March 3rd and La Concentración on March 4th. There will also be performances by local artists and groups thoughout the weekend.
Concert tickets range from:
Laberinto: 140 pesos pre-sale / 180 pesos at the gate
La Concentración: 80 pesos pre-sale / 100 pesos at the gate