Saturday night we grabbed Carlos' new bride, Andrea, and her sister, the lovely Isal, and headed downtown to check things out. We had also promised Isal to take her to the carnival and a promise is a promise!
The bleachers at the downtown basketball court have received a new coat of paint. The optical illusion is very good. You can hardly tell that these are cement bleachers.
The stage erected on the town square was hopping as we arrived. I caught part of this dance troop from the side of the stage. They were performing a folk dance from Chihauhau at the time.
We worked our way around to the front. The troop had disappeared and were replaced by this single couple. Could they dance or what! I grew exhausted just watching that animated stepping they did.
I had to use extreme zoom to get that picture above. Otherwise, for those of us not able to get close to the stage, they had set up the giant TV screen again.
Next came dancers representing the state of Chiapas. Supposedly in native costume. I have been to Chiapas many times and spent some time there. I never saw a lady dressed like this. Maybe it is just a costume for festive occasions. Maybe they think we don't know any better.
I have seen this though. It is a highly choreographed dance number using machetes. I am amazed that they don't hurt each other, or themselves, swinging those things around. They also clang them together. Anybody who has been here recently during high season has probably seen this dance performed by a street dancer who visits from Chiapas.
Along the back wall they had constructed little houses, replicating the original wooden houses found on the island. A few of them are still standing downtown. Not many though. The most interesting one had pictures from the 1950's, 60's and 70's. Seeing what the beaches, downtown and the town square looked like back then was fascinating.
One building even had a replica boat in front. Of course, Isal had to pose for a picture in it!
Tomorrow we will stroll out onto the malecon (boardwalk) and have a look see at my favorite part of any festival....the carnival!