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The 2012 Puerto Vallarta Carnaval Parade (History):
For one spring evening Puerto Vallarta came alive like at no other time of the year for the largest and most exciting parade in this tropical seaside town.
The 4th annual Puerto Vallarta Mardi Gras parade wound its way through Puerto Vallarta’s beautiful and colorful Malecon and Zona Romantica. There were more than 60 entries with 10s of thousands of people watching.
2012 was the fourth year of the Puerto Vallarta Mardi Gras Carnaval Parade. Originally it was created by Peter Deep of Club Manana and was sponsored by him for the first three years.
In 2012 it was organized by a small, independent committee of volunteers and was sponsored by the City of Puerto Vallarta and the Mayor, Salvador González Reséndiz. Because we had the backing of the City Government, we were able to take the parade beyond its previous focus of being primarily a “gay” parade. For the first 3 years of its existance, the parade had less than a handful of “straight” businesses supporting it. With City sponsorship we were able to enlarge this number considerably, even including a mariachi band, dancing horses, the bomberos (firefighters) and many “straight” bars, restaurants and real estate companies that had previously refused participation. Our goal was to make this Mardi Gras parade similar to those in other major cities around the world, with a role for everyone. The walls did not come down but the doors opened a bit.
The 2012 Parade was held Saturday, February 18, from 9 pm until well after midnight, beginning at the top of the new Malecon and continuing down through the Zona Romantica past the popular Olas Altas street. Everyone, all businesses, individuals and organizations were invited to participate.
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IF YOU LIKED THIS YEAR’S PARADE, SORRY, WE DID NOT MEAN TO OFFEND, ONLY TO ENTERTAIN…