Chapala is heating up for six straight days of raucous festivity with the annual celebration of Carnaval set to run February 16 through 21.
Traditional activities for the pre-Lenten “Farewell to the Flesh” will include the election of Carnaval royalty, two parades, dance parties with live bands and a series jaripeo bull wrangling events.
Chapala Mayor Alejandro Aguirre outlined preliminary details of the program at a February 1 press briefing, announcing that the main venue for activities will be the fairgrounds at La Cristianía Park on Avenida González Gallo, with additional events scheduled at the Lienzo Charro arena on Avenida Madero opposite the Pemex service station.
The seasonal hullabaloo kicks off Thursday, February 16, around 6:30 p.m., with the Entierro del Mal Humor, a mock funeral procession symbolizing the burial of ill humor that ends at the park with the torching of a cardboard coffin containing bad vibes obliterated in a blaze of noisy firecrackers. The event also features the coronation of El Rey Feo, the madcap monarch chosen to rule over the Mardi Gras merriment and host the inaugural dance party.