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Merida at Carnival

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Merida at Carnival

Can anyone tell me what Merida is like at Carnival (Mardi Gras)? Is it wild, crazy and dangerous, or just some parades and tame cultural events?


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I went to Merida for Carnavale last year. Stayed with the family in North Merida that hosted me during my weeks at the Institute of Modern Spanish.

No - Carnavale is not "wild and crazy - thefocus is on the parades that are absolutely beautiful BUT - getting a place to watch can be tough, and the crowd is so big and so dense that it is almost frightening. Any kind of incident could set off a mob crush that could kill. fortunately that didn't happen, but I was really nervous standing in a packed-sardine crowd. Saw only one drunk being hauled off by the cops. I'm glad I went to see it, but I'll take "Sunday in Merida" over Carnavale.

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Carnivale is not crazy or bone crushing - though it can be very crowded. You can reserve seats, eat at a restaurant with a view, and this year for the first time guests at hotels and bed and breakfasts are invited to participate by the department of toursim. your hotel should have the info. I know Cascadas de Merida has the info - they're really helpful.

If not feel free to contact me for an explanation. Enjoy!

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How was the school, in Merida. I am thinking about going for one week in June. I am a beginner, took Spanish for 4 years in high school, but I love the language and want to brush up a bit. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,