MÉRIDA, YUCATÁN – Meridanos don’t normally go to sleep early on Saturday nights, but this week’s spectacular Noche Blanca provided an extra incentive for people in the White City to stay up late and enjoy themselves on the streets of centro and the surrounding neighborhoods.
The 4th edition of the popular program organized by the city art and culture department featured events at museums, galleries and restaurants around the centro historico and Paseo de Montejo with over 50 participating venues from 8.00pm Saturday night until 2.00am Sunday morning. All the musical and cultural events were free of charge, as was entry to museums and galleries, providing a great opportunity to take in the culture of the city without spending a lot of money.
Fashion and gastronomy were the new main features at the event, with local designer David Salomón’s creations featured in a fashion show outside the cathedral, while international food was the attraction at food trucks and stands in Parque de Mejorada and Parque de San Juan.
While part of the pleasure of the night for many was to walk the streets between the various venues, a free circuit shuttle was also provided for those who preferred.
A high tech attraction was the ‘Muro de la Felicidad’ (wall of happiness) on the side of the UADY university building on Calle 60 in centro featuring real time projection of photos tweeted by attendees of the events.
Highlights of the evening included the traditional Vaqueria, performed by dancers from Merida, Tecoh, Tekax and other towns, which was held at the Railroad Museum; “Food without Borders” in Parque de San Juan; trova music in Parque de la Ermita; and tours of the general cemetery. Music and cultural performances were also featured at Parque de Santa Ana, Parque de Santa Lucia and Parque de Santiago.
Perhaps the biggest highlight of all was the concert by Mexican-American singer-songwriter Lila Downs, which entranced the audience in the Plaza Grande.
The streets of centro were packed with locals and visitors, all taking advantage of this opportunity to mingle and enjoy the culture of our city.
Clear skies, comfortable temperatures for wandering, and the full moon shining down on the city made for a magical evening; a great success for the City of Mérida.
By Stewart Mandy
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