We went to the fireworks in Olas Altas on Saturday night - unfortunately, it was so crowded that there was no way to set up a tripod, and thus I have no pictures. Next time, we'll rent a hotel room - they were all sold out by the time I thought to.
Sunday night was the first of two parades. It was spectacular. We purchased tickets for the bleachers at the Hotel Aguamarina,, and they were WEP. They had a very good buffet lunch before (I imagine because otherwise you'd be sitting around with nothing to do - the traffic gets so bad that trying to get to the parade area would be nightmare within a few hours of the parade) I'll let the pictures tell the rest. (Click on a picture to enbiggen)
|The crowd about four hours before the parade started|
|These light-up hair bows were very popular - no, I didn't buy one|
|Sunset before the parade|
|The crowd. The parade route is about five miles long, and it's packed the whole way|
The floats were almost all movie themed.
|More King Tut - I don't remember a movie about this... maybe Raiders of the Lost Ark?|
|A Carnaval Queen riding the King Tut float|
|Another Queen - the gowns are really spectacular|
|Yet another Queen|
|The Toy Story float|
|Mr. Potato Head from the Toy Story float|
|Princess Leia from Star Wars and an At At|
|Darth Vader and Chewbacca|
|The Three Musketeers|
|Dancers with the Three Musketeers float|
|The Three Musketeers and their band|
|The Wild One|
For this year's Carnaval, there were some dancers from the Carnaval in Brazil. They (and their tiny costumes) were spectacular.
|The Brazilians' band|
|The band's float|