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Plaza Grande

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Between Calle 60 and 62, 61 and 63, Centro
Merida, Yucatan Mexico

Plaza Grande, more formally known as Plaza de la Independencia or the Plaza Mayor, is the city’s main square, and it as old as the city itself. In the very heart of the historic center, the Plaza Grande is flanked by the grand San Idelfonso Cathedral, houses of city and state government, the Olimpo Cultural Center, the Macay Museum, and many restaurants and shops. Vendors abound, particularly on Sundays.

From Lonely Planet:

One of the nicest plazas in Mexico, huge laurel trees shade the park’s benches and wide sidewalks. It was the religious and social center of ancient T’ho; under the Spanish it was the Plaza de Armas, the parade ground, laid out by Francisco de Montejo (the Younger).

A ceremony is held daily marking the raising and lowering of the Mexican flag.

From For91Days.com:

Whether to enjoy an ice cream in the shops around the plaza or to while away the hours in the shade of a tree, this is the city’s principal meeting spot. Mérida’s oldest buildings are here, as well as its only scam artists: affable fellows who approach you with small talk, before offering to walk you over to “the most authentic crafts shop in town.”

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Plaza Grande

October 2014

Hanal Pixan in the Centro

Fri., October 31, 2014
Plaza Grande, Between Calle 60 and 62, 61 and 63, Centro
Merida, Yucatan Mexico
Free

Starts  10 a.m. at the Plaza Grande with an opening ceremony and presentation of 97 traditional altars. At 6:30 p.m., a mock funeral procession leads from the Plaza Grande to Parque Santa Ana, where shows and folk dancing will follow. Here's news coverage of last year's Hanal Pixan on the Plaza Grande.

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April 2016

Free trees!

Sun., April 17, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Plaza Grande, Between Calle 60 and 62, 61 and 63, Centro
Merida, Yucatan Mexico
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Merida trees

An adopt-a-tree program happens today, sponsored by Merida’s Department of Environmental Preservation and Conservation, to promote the greening of the city. In the Plaza Grande, 500 trees will be offered for free to residents. More will be distributed at Parque Santa Lucia and Parque de la Madre. Just sign up, and you'll receive a delivery if approved. The trees are being supplied from local nurseries. Varieties were chosen for their deep roots, as to not disturb sidewalks or pavers.

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October 2016

Hanal Pixán ceremony at Plaza Grande

Sat., October 29, 2016 @ 11:00 am
Plaza Grande, Between Calle 60 and 62, 61 and 63, Centro
Merida, Yucatan Mexico
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Free

Hanal Pixán ceremony and presentation of altars, revealing Yucatán's answer to the Day of the Dead celebrated across Mexico.  Read more about this tradition and all the events surrounding it.

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March 2017

International Festival of Lights

Thu., March 23, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 pm, happening 4 times

Plaza Grande, Between Calle 60 and 62, 61 and 63, Centro
Merida, Yucatan Mexico
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Free

The International Festival of Lights (FILUX) is held annually in Mexico City, and now is visiting Mérida.

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August 2017

Manzanero concert, guayabera fashion show

Sat., August 26, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Plaza Grande, Between Calle 60 and 62, 61 and 63, Centro
Merida, Yucatan Mexico
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Free

The fashion show and concert canceled during June's Noche Blanca return for their rain date.

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September 2017

Mexico’s Independence Day

Fri., September 15, 2017
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An event every year that begins at 2:00 am on day 15 of September, repeating indefinitely

Plaza Grande, Between Calle 60 and 62, 61 and 63, Centro
Merida, Yucatan Mexico
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Each Sept. 16 is Mexico's Independence Day, but it kicks off the night before.

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March 2018

Vivid Video Mapping projections

Fri., March 23, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Plaza Grande, Between Calle 60 and 62, 61 and 63, Centro
Merida, Yucatan Mexico
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Free

Two high-tech light-and-sound shows depict the regions's history and culture in vivid projections that wrap around the architectural details of two of Mérida's most treasured façades.

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September 2020

Mexico’s Independence Day

Tue., September 15
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An event every year that begins at 2:00 am on day 15 of September, repeating indefinitely

Plaza Grande, Between Calle 60 and 62, 61 and 63, Centro
Merida, Yucatan Mexico
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Each Sept. 16 is Mexico's Independence Day, but it kicks off the night before.

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