Starting at 10 last night, the public gathered at Parque Santa Lucia, and then spread to the main square, to kick off MéridaFest.
Hundreds took part in a Callejoneada, or trova stroll, for Merida’s 474th birthday.
Today began with a Cathedral Mass in honor of Merida, and officiated the archbishop, Monsignor Gustavo Rodríguez Vega, in the Cathedral. Music was provided by the Choir of the City, a group that for 12 years has been part of the anniversary Mass. Guest soloists Mariana Echeverria (soprano), Victor Rubio (bass) and David Manuel Perez Flores (tenor) were on the program.
Tonight at 8, a solemn City Council session will be held in the Olimpo Cultural Center’s Silvio Zavala Vallado auditorium. Guest speaker Carlos Martín Briceño will deliver a message on Mérida’s vast history.