OK, I have to rant. Why, oh why, does Playa del Carmen not celebrate Carnaval at the same time as every other city/village/island in Mexico? And why, is it so hard to post an accurate itinerary of events, in a timely manner? I make every effort to read El Quintanarroense online, as it is the best of our local papers, and even they only posted the dates of the "event". Aaarg! How is a girl supposed to make plans for such a blog-tastic experience?!?! Never fear "Life's a Beach" readers. Yours truly will be camping out on la Quinta tomorrow, in hopes of catching a glimpse of glittery parade action!

Last night, we spent the evening exploring the vendors stalls set up next to the Municipal Plaza on Avenida 20, right by Walmart. This is our fifth Carnaval in Playa and I think the accompanying fair this year is the best ever. There were so many great dining/snack options and we all had a ball! I have so many great pics from this evening. Here are just a few.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Marquesitas, rolled, not folded as we have always seen them before.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Get your hot, fried, salty or sugary yum-yums here!

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Fresh, hot papas fritas......

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
.....and that's right! Deep fried hot dogs!

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Flan, not the most appealing that I've ever seen.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
The "hideous blanket auction". This seemed to be more of a spectator sport than anything else.

 Click here to see these guys in action. Sadly, I now hear this "pitch" in my sleep.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Serving utensils anyone?

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Kitchen in a bag, $100 pesos!

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
How about a whimsical glass unicorn? I'm telling you Disney World has nothing on this place!

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
First order of business? Find and consume great Mexican carnie food! How about some carnitas!

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Giant crepes, stuffed with meat, onions and whatever suits you. These looked really good!

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Boiled corn on a stick, served with mayo, lime and chili powder. An acquired taste.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
This set up looked fresh and almost healthy.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Ready for dinner.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Next, we went off in search of refreshment. This fresh, cold agua con fruitas looked tasty.......

Canaval in Playa del Carmen
....but, the super chido blacklight in this place drew us in like moths to a flame.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Or perhaps it was this enticing selection of "@ss glasses".

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
No, he can't help himself.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Cole was first to reach the "rob-u-blind" games of mis-fortune.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
This was a popular booth.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
We all gave this guy a wide berth.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Cole tried his hand at quite a few games. Such a patient lad.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Then as promised, we made off for the carnival rides, such as they are.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
In the States, Cole is too little to ride the bumper cars alone....so, of course we did this first!

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Click here for total mayhem!!

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
Eastside? Westside? Sorry. I am so not "down" with my gangsta signs.

These are for Wayne!

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
I have yet to catch a parade this year, but I was happy to watch these talented entertainers.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
The Municipal Plaza was packed but subdued.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
The Queen of Carnaval in Cozumel. Apparently, Playa del Carmen's King and Queen were crowned on Friday night. I missed it.

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
On the way home, we were to treated to a surprise appearance by the always amazing, "El Mistiko"!!!!

Carnaval in Playa del Carmen
And his slightly slower cousin, "El Gordo". What the heck was in that "@ss glass" anyway?

I'm not making any promises, but these vendors should be here through March 3rd, the end of Carnaval, as advertised. I highly recommend you all make the effort to wander through the stalls. Next up...I am in search of a proper parade!!

 

 

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