Mérida Carnival 2014 Official Kick off on Saturday night
In the middle of a colorful celebration featuring music and dance, the Mérida Carnival 2014 Kings’ coronation took place 8pm on Saturday night, at the Francisco I. Madero neighborhood baseball field, in the Southwestern part of the City.
The ceremony was conducted by Yucatecan actress María José Rosado and Mexican TV star Héctor Sandarti.
According to Diario de Yucatán, the event gathered 4,500 people, but Mayor Renán Barrera declared this morning on an interview with journalist José Luis Preciado of Radio Fórmula, that the attendance was of 6,000 people.
Municipal authorities, headed by the Mayor and his wife, along with Liliana Bolio Pinelo, Executive Secretary of the Carnival’s Standing Committee, crowned this year’s kings, who danced to a variety of rhythms, such as salsa, reggaeton, pop, swing, country, tropical, dressed in flashy colorful costumes, including masks, large feathers, plumes and colored stones.
There are four King categories for the Mérida Carnival 2014:
- Mérida Carnival 2014 Kings: Natalia Villanueva Denis “Natalia I” y Kenny Calderón Rodríguez “Chayak I”.
- Children’s king and queen: Ana Paola Cimé Góngora “Ana Paola I” y Ary Alejandro Collí Campos “Ary I”.
- Handicap King and Queen: Estela Trinidad Tzuc Meza “Tita I” y Emmanuel Antonio Cárdenas Sosa “Emmanuel I”
- Intelectual disability King and Queen: Teresita González Vázquez “Teresita I” y Germán Emmanuel Ortiz Cervantes “Germán I”.
- Senior Citizen King and Queen: María Concepción Mena Che “Conchi I” y Jorge Carlos Ballote Caballero “El Padrino I”.
At the end of the formal coronation ceremony, around 8:45 pm, a fantasy show started, in which all the Carnival kings danced on stage.