Arlete and Dick like bicycle touring, sailing, travel and having new adventures.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
You can always tell that Mardi Gras is approaching when the Wild Mouse is being erected,
four-lane streets are reduced to two as vendors put up their tiendas and the sidewalks disappear to provide ample room for the big red metal barriers which contain the alcohol-drinking venue,
and then the night noise begins. Several live bands play on the malecón, on stages set up at the Tres Presidentes plaza, and on the street - all at the same time, all at blasting volumes!
On Wednesday night, fireworks debris rained down on a crowd of people, so for Thursday night it was moved to here - the marina's section of the malecón, about 100 yards from the dock and our boat.
We had the perfect view from INSIDE our boat - a beautiful display! - but there was a wind blowing from the north, and it soon felt like hail hitting our boat. (Thanks to Jim and Teresa on Pochteca for this picture.)
On Friday morning, there was a lot of debris on the decks, some pieces sharp enough to cut bare feet, and an unwelcome mess to clean up - especially after Dick had just spent the day brushing and cleaning.
There were no fireworks on Friday night! But the loud music seems to be lasting into morning longer and longer. This morning, it finally was quiet at 5 am. Time to move on?