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The music and colors of Noche Blanca were just what Mérida needed in 2022

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Lee Steele
Lee Steele
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La Noche Blanca 2022 at SoHo Galleries. Photo: Yucatán Magazine

La Noche Blanca’s 2022 comeback was a tremendous relief after two years of lockdowns and restrictions. The predicted rain and lightning never came, and instead, Mérida’s White Night became a perfect storm of art, music and revelry.

Rasta Luis and Grupo I & I perform outside the Palacio Municipal during La Noche Blanca 2022 in Mérida. Photo: Yucatán Magazine

Calle 60 was closed to traffic between the Plaza Grande and SoHo Galleries, where two giant peace-themed murals were created by visitors to the sounds of live music. Artists from numerous countries were on hand.

Iván Kapellmann performs outside the Macay in the Pasaje de la Revolución during La Noche Blanca 2022. Photo: Yucatán Magazine

Every major park in the Centro had musical performances, from trova to “Amazonian Cumbia.” At the Plaza Grande, sounds of folk music and “Reggae Wayé” accompanied videomapping on the front of the Cathedral.

Mérida’s Cathedral is awash in lights for a videomapping presentation during La Noche Blanca 2022. Photo: Yucatán Magazine
In the distance, hundreds of drones can be seen spelling out messages and forming figures in Mérida’s night sky during La Noche Blanca 2022. Photo: Yucatán Magazine

From the Paseo de Montejo, hundreds of drones could be seen in the sky, their lights spelling out messages and appearing in formation.

La Noche Blanca 2022 at SoHo Galleries. Photo: Yucatán Magazine

It was impossible to see everything. Participants had to make painful decisions about where to go and how long to stay.

La Noche Blanca 2022 is inaugurated during a ceremony at UADY. Photo: Yucatán Magazine

The 13th edition of Noche Blanca attracted an estimated 10,000 visitors, mostly locals but with some tourists. Through the years, the citywide event has been challenged by budget cuts and weather, but this year the celebration took on new meaning as the city still attempts to emerge from the effects of the pandemic.

Children take a bow after a performance at Parque Santiago during La Noche Blanca 2022 in Mérida. Photo: Yucatán Magazine

La Noche Blanca came close to a washout. Storms thst were predicted for Mérida went elsewhere with enouhh power to knock out power for more than 465,000 people.

The outage affected all three states on the Peninsula shortly before 5 p.m.

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