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International pop star Juanes, who rocked Merida Fest in 2011, returns for the "Nuevo Carnaval" this year.
The Paseo de Montejo doesn't have the capacity to absorb annual Carnaval festivities, the outgoing president of the local tourism business council said.
A series of Progreso Carnaval low points included a drunken woman removing her own clothes on a DJ stage, a battle of flying beer bottles and several street fights.
Unlike Mérida, the port city still celebrates Carnaval within city limits, with a parade along the malecón and concerts on west beach. Managing it is complicated.
Does Carnaval belong in the city center, or out of town? The debate continues.
A colorful parade brought fantasy, dancing and music to Plaza Carnaval at the Xmatkuil fairgrounds.
Plaza Carnaval has been whipped into shape, in time for numerous big events that organizers hope are worth the trip.
More than 80,000 people crowded Progreso's malecón as Carnaval began counting down the the final days of celebration.