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Carnaval attracted a huge crowd at the fairgrounds. Photo: Ayuntamiento

Mérida, Yucatán — A colorful parade brought fantasy, dancing and music to Plaza Carnaval at the Xmatkuil fairgrounds.

Around 45,000 people came to witness the desfile de Corso, according to the official figures provided by the organizing committee.

The event was unapologetically commercial, and parade-goers didn’t seem to mind. The parade started at 8:30 Friday evening with floats alluding to various brand names. Several Coca-Cola cars presented characters from the animated movie “Coco.”

From one of those vehicles the Carnaval’s king and queen, Mosk Marrerro and Tony Nusa, waved to the crowd.

The comparsas showed enthusiasm playing rhythms such as salsa, merengue, reggaeton and contemporary music.

“Scooby Do Papa,” “Candy Perreo” and “Mayores” were some of the most popular songs.

A “Party on the High Seas” was made up of people with disabilities from the Municipal DIF, wearing fantasy sailor costumes. It was followed by a group of retirees and pensioners who presented with the theme “Hawaii Yucateco.”

A float with the king and queen representing disabled people, Odalys San Miguel Godoy (Odalys I) and William Lores Morris (William I) were accompanied by actress Ariadne Diaz.

Later, in the allegorical float of the child king and queen, Neydi Vallado Ferráez (Neydi I) and Héctor Pech Arispuro (Héctor I), traveled with actor Gabriel Soto.

A unique “Jurassic Festival” brought musicians dressed as prehistoric animals.

The parade lasted about an hour and a half and the city posted photos of cleanup crews quickly restoring the parade route to its original state.

With information from Diario de Yucatán

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