Major La Paz Events in 2013
by Kennia Thackaberry
As the new year begins, La Paz is preparing for cultural festivals, fishing tournaments, traditional celebrations and off-road races. Here are some of the major events happening throughout the year.
To kick off 2013, the city will celebrate Carnaval. From February 7 -12, the Malecon will host a big street party that includes fair rides, food vendors and live entertainment. The theme this year is “Mysteries of the Seas” and the highly anticipated float parade will take place every evening from the 10-12. For a schedule of activities and the lineup of local and national performers, check out the La Paz Carnaval Facebook page.
The International Art and Culture Festival for la Pax (Peace) happens October 2 -6. It was created as a way to honor the indigenous cultures around the world through dance, music, theater and visual arts. For information, call 01-612-141-2324.
The most important cultural celebration in La Paz is the Foundation Festival, which commemorates the day the Spaniard explorer Hernan Cortez arrived to the city’s bay. The event runs from May 1-6, and the many activities planned for the occasion include free concerts, film screenings, a cultural open market, art exhibits and other family orientated activities.
As part of this special celebration, the newer Gastronomic Festival “El gusto por BCS” offers a great opportunity to sample local flavors, enjoy music and contribute to a good cause, since all proceedings are destined to help local charities. Contact information: email@example.com
La Paz has been unofficially named by many “the world’s capital of off road racing” and Dos mares 500 attracts aficionados and racing teams from the US and Canada. The loop takes racers through rough desert terrain along the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific side, and back to the city of La Paz to the finish line. The traditional dates for the race are May 4-6.
La Paz is also well known as a sport fishing destination. The Gold Cup Blue and Black Marlin is one of the most important fishing tournaments in La Paz. With fishing grounds that extend from the city’s bay and the surrounding areas of Isla Espiritu Santo all the way to la Ventana, this popular event brings locals as well as fishermen from abroad to win substantial prizes and enjoy the wonders of the Sea of Cortez. This year it will be held on September 3-6.
The Independence day festivities start the night of September 15 when city officials recreate the “Grito de Independencia,” performed first in 1810 by the priest Miguel Hidalgo as a way of calling people to fight for their independence from Spain. For this occassion, the plaza at the Government Center its the scenario for mariachi music, traditional dances, traditional mexican food and fireworks. On Independence day, September the 16, a civic and military parade marches along the Malecon.
Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico on November 2. In La Paz, the City Theater esplanade hosts a night of poetry, music and an altar contest. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about culture while sampling some hot cocoa and pan de muerto. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baja 1000 is the mother of all off road races. Each year in November, the race brings together more participants and spectators for a unique and thrilling experience. Every other year the race runs from Ensenada to La Paz. 2013 will be a loop race year with start and finish on the northern part of the Peninsula, but La Paz will be ready for 2014.
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