Mérida celebrates its 475th birthday
One hundred twenty troubadours will sing “Las mañanitas” (Happy Birthday) to Mérida in its 475th Anniversary in the traditional Alborada at the Municipal Palace Thursday, with the participation of a hundred jaraneros, in addition to a special edition of the Serenade of Santa Lucia.
La Alborada includes a tour from Santa Lucia to the Municipal Palace, during which the troubadours, the jaraneros and some horse carriages will take part.
All the revelers are members of the Ballets Titular, Juvenil, Representative and the senior adult of City Hall.
Mayor Mauricio Vila Dosal will lead the celebration along with other municipal authorities and invite the general public to join.
The procession will start at 11 pm and when arriving at the City Hall, the musicians will serenade, so that at midnight all will sing together “Las mañanitas” to the city.
After “Las mañanitas” there will be a pyrotechnic show, coinciding the city’s birthday with the appointment of Mérida as the American Capital of Culture 2017.
Serenade of Saint Lucia
This year, the celebration in Merida coincides with the program Serenata de Santa Lucía, so a special program will be offered, which will begin at 9 pm.
The City Hall Orchestra Jaranera will open, followed by the Ballet Folclórico Juvenil, directed by Alfonso Martín Chin, the proclaimer Sergio Cámara, the Trovanova trio and the interpreter Rubí.
At 10 p.m., when the Serenade ends, the trio “La siembra”, under the direction of Andy Uicab, will have a special participation, which will offer the best of the trova of the Yucatecan composers.
It is expected that its performance will last 60 minutes, to start the procession.
All events are free and open to the public.
The Merida Fest
For the weekend there will be numerous artistic and cultural events as part of the Mérida Fest.
On Friday Jan. 6 at 7p.m. begins the film cycle “One Hundred Years of Pedro Infante”, with the feature “Los tres García” (Mexico, 1946), by Ismael Rodríguez, in the video hall of Centro Cultural Olimpo.
On Saturday Jan. 7, at 6pm, the Thó-Kin Music program will be presented at the Parque de Santiago, with local groups of different genres, such as: Balché, La Kolekta Ska, Dasein and La Experiencia Tropical Deco with Alice True Colors.
That same day, but at 8p.m. in the park of Santa Lucía will present the musical group Dixie Mérida Street, directed by Carlos Rodriguez, with his style of modern swing and music of the 40s, 50s and 60s. At 8 p.m., in the central courtyard of Olimpo will perform the theater work “Say goodbye to the air” under the direction of Wendy Cruz.
On Sunday 8, at noon, is scheduled the children’s show “Magic flute, I tell you with puppets”, directed by César Reyes, in the auditorium of Olimpo.
At 8 pm, at the same place, there will be the Central College Vocal Combo, under the direction of Gabriel Espinosa.-
This week there will be events on the occasion of the 475th. Anniversary of the city.
It is estimated that 250 people will participate in the Alborada.
The director of Culture, Felipe Ahumada Vasconcelos, details that will participate the troubadours of the associations “Armando Manzanero”, who will interpret “Mérida” and “Watercolor”; Of the “Pastor Cervera”, with “Merida colonial” and “In your eyes”; The “Guty Cárdenas” with “Panorama” and “Flower with soul”; And of “Pepe Domínguez” with “A Yucatán” and “Hands of Ermine”. These themes will be interpreted when arriving at the bottom of the Municipal Palace.
On Friday Jan. 6, at 8 in the morning, will be the anniversary mass of the city in the Cathedral, with the participation of the Chamber Orchestra of Mérida headed by Russell Montañez Coronado; And the Choir of the City, under the direction of Nidia Góngora Cervera, with invited soloists.