There seems to be a decline in enthusiasm
that attended this year's Carnaval parade compared to
previous years. It would seem very little effort or expense
was put into the floats. In fact there were only two floats
this year. The rest of the parade consisted of troupes
of pubescent girls in Vegas-like finery dancing to various
In a town that's enjoying a surge of prosperous growth
and a steady stream of well-heeled immigrants and investors,
it's hard to understand the dissolution of one of its
major attractions. Past parades well represented the effort
and care that went into the event. There was always a
good number of intricate and clever floats -animated whales
and sharks, giant robots and animals, helicopters with
whirling blades, dragons, Egyptian pyramids and the list
goes on and on.
This year the solution for the meagreness in quality
and quanity was to add extra portions of interval. The
floats and dancers were spaced about 15 minutes apart,
pehaps to fulfill some sort of parade-duration quota.
The duration was, well, unendurable, for both the parade
watcher and his or her camera batteries. It was more expedient
to parade by the parade, which was for the most part a
statue of a parade.
Maybe next year some genuine interest and attention will
be invested in San Felipe's Mardi Gras. As it stands (and
stands and stands), it offers a mere shadow of its former
vigor. Maybe that's why it's held in the evenings now.