Sunday, February 26, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, February 26

** See the Carnaval Schedule in the Events section! **

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
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  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! 

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Proudly maintaining island traditions: Mayor Juan Carrillo

Impulsa las tradiciones

Juan Carrillo resalta el orgullo de isleños

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 25 de febrero.-
Leer más...Full article at this link
See translation in the City section....

From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

• Carnival Isla Mujeres 2017 kicks off with great response from islanders
(Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo February 25, 2017) .- The Isla Mujeres Carnival 2017 began on the Town Square stage in front of the Town Hall (Palacio Municipal) with the coronation of Queen Alejandra I and King Benny I, who accompanied by islanders who enjoyed the activities organized by the municipal government.
For his part, the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, said he was happy to be a part of this island tradition and thanked everyone for attending the event and he thanked those who were responsible for the good organization: "Carnival has always been very important for all families of the island, and I am proud to be able to share these moments with them. ''
He also recognized the work of the Organizing Committee, who were was in charge of the entire Carnival Isla Mujeres Carnival 2017, which proved to be a success on its first night, when attendees were able to participate in various activities.
"Every year, hundreds of islanders are participants in this event, and I thank those who have been with us this year, either as part of a troupe or as spectators," said the mayor, as well as giving assurances that for his administration it is very important to maintain the traditions of island families.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

There are many videos of Carnaval dancers performing


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Tourist industry expects the month to close well  
Turisteros esperan un muy buen cierre de mesr.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Hotel occupancy is at 85% and expected to exceed 90% during Carnaval. Overall the HIM group reported an occupancy of 78% during February while the Small Hotels Fascinantes del Centro reported 90%. This does not include the guests staying in "pirate" homes and apartments who do not pay the 3% lodging tax and are usually promoted on the internet to tourists in the US and Canada. It is hoped that occupancy rates could reach as high as 100% during Easter, when rooms are nearly impossible to find, except for from last minute cancellations.
  The weather was warm and sunny, therefore the beaches were busy and the golf cart rental agencies reported that demand was at 100%. The restaurants and stores were also doing a good business, which is expected to continue until the end of the Easter holidays.

Carnaval dancers cause traffic jams   
El Carnaval llegó... y trastocó.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Some tourists and business owners were annoyed because detours were not arranged while Carnaval troupes were dancing in the streets downtown and affecting traffic. They blamed it on poor organization by the Carnaval Committee.  Many tourists and islanders enjoyed the performances and did not tire of taking pictures, while others waited patiently in their cars, golf carts, and taxis, until the dancing finished and the troupe moved on to another location to repeat the performance. There are about ten troupes including children, youths, adults, and senior citizens.

Hard times for fishermen
Desabasto de productos del mar.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

     If the weather continues to be uncooperative, there could be a shortage of seafood during Lent. Since the fishing areas are ten to twelve miles out where the swells are higher, the fishermen are unable to go out there to collect their lobster traps or to fish when the waves are large. The lobster season ends on the last day of February, and they are currently banned from fishing for grouper or its derivatives, which has a three month ban season this year. (The lobster ban lasts four months).

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.


 February Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Feb. 2   Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 5   Sunday   8p Town Square  The Noches Magicas performances will feature three singers and four dance troupes, including the children's Folklorico troupe
                                  Constitution Day This is the Centennial. The Mexican Constitution was drafted in Santiago de Querétaro by a Constitutional Convention during the Mexican Revolution. It was approved by the Mexican Constitutional Congress on February 5, 1917.

Feb. 6 Monday  Day Off for Constitution Day (A Federal holiday, some cities & towns will have parades and celebrations. This is the Centennial)

Feb 7-11 Island Time Fishing Tournament

Feb. 9  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Sunset ~6:40p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Feb. 10  6:39 followed by a lunar eclipse
Feb. 11  7:36
Feb. 12  8:31
Feb. 13  9:24
    Feb. 14  10:16   
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Feb 11-16 National Artisans Fair 11a-10p Town Square

Feb. 12  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 14  Tuesday  Valentine's Day

Feb. 16  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 19  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 23  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 24  Friday   Flag Day

Feb. 24-28  Carnaval 

Coronation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Town Square / 8p
Dance to Live Music by MegaBoom

Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Dance Show & Live Music
Kimbara Show (*Here's a version sung by Celia & Tito: )
Town Square / 8p

Begins at the monument in front of the Naval base on Rueda Medina.
Concludes in front of the Posada Beach (*aka Playa Centro) / 3p
Live DJ music at the Posada Beach and in the street of Rueda Medina.
Performances by Children's Dance Troupes & Persons w Disabilities.
Children's Costume Contest
Children's Show of Botargas (*Costumed Characters like Barney & Dr Simi)
Town Square / 3p
Performance by Senior Citizens Carnaval Dance Troupe
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes of Diversity
Daudeth Alarcon: Master of Ceremonies
Dance to Live Music
Town Square / 8p

Begins at the monument in front of the Naval base on Rueda Medina.
Concludes in front of the Posada Beach (*aka Playa Centro) / 3p
Traditional Night
Carnaval Dance Troupes
Adult Costume Contest
Nani Namu & Stars Show (*Comedy & Dance & Crossdressing)
Dance to Live Music
Town Square / 8p

Negrada & Toro Petate / In the town streets after noon
(*La Negrada celebrates the Afro-Caribbean roots of Carnaval & also dressing as opposite sex. Toro Petate features a dance-fight w one character in a huge costume.)
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Burning of Juan Carnaval
Last Will & Testament of Juan Carnaval
Dance to live music by Junior Klan
Town Square / 8p

Carnaval Dance Troupe from Holbox "Las Dormadoras" dancing in the streets of Isla Mujeres.

Parking for Carnaval: At the Casa de la Cultura & at the Airfield. It also says If you drink, don't drive and recommends arriving early.

Troupes dancing in the streets Saturday. Photos by Bruce.


The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20.

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