Published On: Tue, Mar 4th, 2014

Merida citizens protesting (or celebrating?) on Paseo de Montejo

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At 11:00 am on Tuesday March 4th, a crowd of several hundred people gathered at the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo.

These people are protesting and demanding the return of the Carnival to the city of Merida.

The low attendance in Xmatkuil and record attendance at the Carnival in Progreso, will surely lead to continue debate on Carnival´s future.

Yucatecan regional comedy celebrity known as “Taco de Ojo” is one of the organizers of this citizen movement. He invited people through his Facebook page to attend to the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo and “have our own Carnaval”.

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The yellow sign reads: “Montejo wants its Carnival back”

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People started arriving at 11 am

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Yucatecan Regional Comedy Celebrity “Taco de Ojo”

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Monumento a la Patria

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By 11:30, more people gathered around the Monumento

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Taco de Ojo and friends

By 12:30 pm, the crowd grew considerably and they started marching down the Paseo de Montejo towards the “Remate”.

Paseo de Montejo and Calle 35 at 12:30 pm

Paseo de Montejo and Calle 35 at 12:30 pm

At 12:45 pm, the crowd reached Calle 39, marching and chanting “Bring the Carnival back to Montejo!”

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Maybe a couple of thousand people were walking down the avenue by 12:45 pm

And more people joined the march

And more people joined the march

 

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  1. I’d like to see Carnaval back in Centro – but only if it would continue in the spirit of today’s march. Let’s bring it back to the people and by the people. With passing music, not hours of continuous ear-splitting noise. Local talent, not Sol dancers imported from who-knows where. Homemade floats, not something made at Coke headquarters. Once something has appeared in one parade, I don’t want to see it again. And please, not another beerfest; I don’t like cleaning up after over-served drunks who think my sidewalk is theirs to do as they wouldn’t do on their own.

  2. Sharon says:

    Right on, Marianne! I live one block from Paseo and 43. I am delighted not to have to look at nor smell the rows of port-a-potties that typically adorn my street during Carnaval festivities. Last year the Cervefrio across from me put out a mega-watt sound system and hired a shill who shouted non-stop for an entire day, exhorting people to patronize the store. And patronize they did. By the end of the day, drunks were lying about the sidewalk on my block, and one had to step over them to get anywhere. I am thrilled at the peace and quiet this year and glad that I have the choice to experience Carnaval or not.

  3. Amy says:

    I think the people actually from there should have the say-so about the Carnaval.

  4. Marie says:

    I participated in Carnival on Montejo yesterday. A great time was had by all!
    Having carnival in Centro is a wonderful tradition and in the past was a great family event..This should continue.
    So why can’t the cell phone,soft drink,snack food companies, etc. sponsor the carnival in Centro? The city could ban the beer sales and drinking on the street.
    The beer companies could put 2 bands (and the beer girls) in “La Plancha” for those who feel they must drink after the parade. The city could provide those drinkers with transportation from there. La Plancha is a contained area and this would allow the rest of us to enjoy some good clean fun without the oblivious drunks and the lakes of pee along the carnival route side streets.

  5. Marianne Kehoe, Sharon, and Amy: May I inquire how long you have lived where you live? Assuming it is not for decades, then carnival was already an established tradition in the area when you moved in. Let the buyer (or renter) beware! Not, let the buyer (or renter) change the locality to suit himself. Plus, with respect, let’s not forget that Mérida belongs to the Meridanos. Should hundreds of thousands of locals change their traditions to accommodate a few foreigners?

    Marie – if the ‘after party’ HAD to be moved (and it is well documented that personally I don’t think it did), then yes, La Plancha would have been an excellent alternative. It was suggested in fact more than once. But Mayor Renan Barrera had no intention of doing anything other than moving the entire event to Xmatkuil. The case was closed before it was opened.

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