I noticed something totally new this year. Evidently somebody solicited sponsors. These banners were hung all around the square.
I expected the ones from big corporations, like Coca-Cola and Superior Beer Products (the makers of Sol!). What surprised me was the amount of local businesses adding their names to the sponsorship list. It was almost like seeing civic pride.
The big stage is set up in front of Municipal Palace. Chairs were everywhere to accommodate as many people as possible.
I loved this sign on the Sol beer booths. Mexican economics at its' finest.
Something else I have never seen during Karneval.
These things are set up all around the island and, for 3 pesos, you can avoid a ticket for peeing in public. First time ever that I know of.
The square was pleasantly lined with about 30 different food vendors. Tacos, empanadas, pizza, marquesitas and flan were among the favorite foods. There were also some grease wagons set up on the malecon. Doesn't it look appealing.
There were only three game booths set up. They drew a crowd though.
Many people were wasting their money, trying to get a ring around the neck of these.
But if they were successful, they got to win one of these beauties.
Notice the crowd checking out the grease food and cheater game alley.
On to the midway! Take a look at this guy on the Tilt-a-Whirl.
The actual platform that the cars sit on did not go around all that fast. To make up for that, this guy ran amongst the moving cars and gave each one an extra spin as he passed. A very dangerous job if you ask me.
And I know personally how hard he would spin each car. That's my pal Ivan next to me.
The above picture was taken just as we were starting up. After the ride, Ivan could not stand still long enough to have his picture taken. I have never seen such a white face as he had. People, that ride lasted 12 minutes! Even I had about had enough of spinning by the time we were done.
The other strange thing was that the guy who did the running around also collecting cash money from you before he started. He came around to each car and collected 25 pesos per person. I wonder why they don't just sell tickets? Did he get to keep all that cash? Does he own this ride? Questions, questions.
I didn't go on any other rides. I figured I had pressed my luck far enough. I did walk around and get some shots of the other rides that I showed you last week.