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Monday, April 12, 2010

NEWS & POLITICS - Good Deeds to Good Time La Paz BCS - Mexico Living Guide A

by Alexa Verdugo Morgan

Despite lower attendance than previous years, swarms of tourists and locals alike still flocked to this year's Carnaval de La Paz, held February 11–16. The event, which included musical and comedy performances, children's rides, and the coronation of the King and Queen, culminated in a three-day parade themed "Alegria Bicentenaria," celebrating 200 years of Mexican independence.

Located on the Malecon between Calles Torre Iglesias and Salvatierra, the Tailhunter Fubar Cantina, owned by Jill and Jonathan Roldan, served as the perfect spot for a bird's-eye view of the festivities, with courteous staff and a fisherman-friendly menu. The couple also own the Tailhunter International Charter fishing fleet, based right here in La Paz. Reservations can be made at www.tailhunter-international.com.

Eleven sailing vessels participated in the First Annual Carnaval Regatta, an exciting race from Punta Prieta to Isla Partida and back. Organized by Club Cruceros de La Paz, A.C, a non-profit group for boaters both visiting and living full time in Baja Sur, the event was held February 13–14 and the annual Valentine's Day Dance followed. Entries were divided into two categories, spinnaker and non-spinnaker, with the overall winner being s/v Gitana. Awards and congratulations were handed out at the Perico Marinero Bar on February 21.

Photo caption: View of Carnaval de La Paz from the Tailhunter Fubar Cantina