Start of Carnaval, February 22, 2024

The crowning of the Carnaval Queen is tonight at 6pm. Carnival is a 3 day event, as much as I search I can’t find any daytime events.  So… 6pm Queen crowning today, tomorrow crowing of the  LGBTTTIQ+ King & Queen (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transvestite, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Queer. The + sign means the addition of new communities and dissidences.)

On our walk to Centro, walking over a bridge, a local points over the bridge and we spot this fellow  We walked around town and find a new (to us on this trip) huge flea market.  We vaguely remember being here years ago.  Not enough time to explore today, add it to our “to do” list.

Today’s Queen crowning is being held at the Malecon Arches   We decide to have dinner on the top floor at the restaurant that overlooks the Arches

Order food, get food – hamburger for Allan, shrimp burger for me!

Dinner done, 6.45p still waiting for the crowning to begin (this is at the entrance of the restaurant)7:35p still waiting.  Almost full moon, looks like the moon is on top of the pole7.50p: Finally they begin but there are so many people we can’t see in the bowl from the restaurant.   We’re a little fed up so back to the condo we go.    We were going to go to the crowning tomorrow night but not after the delay today. Fast forward:  We learn Friday’s crowning didn’t start till after 8.  We made the right choice.

We arrived back to this guy as a welcoming committee. 

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