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Mardi Gras parade in PV on February 17

Annual event showcases the city's diversity, say organizers

Mardi Gras season is coming to the Pacific coast tourist destination of Puerto Vallarta, with a grand parade scheduled for February 17.

The city-sponsored parade will begin in front of the municipal stadium at 8:00pm, travel south along the malecon, through “Old Town” and to Olas Altas and the new pier.

Organizers say the event represents a time for celebration and an opportunity to showcase the city’s diversity. “It is an occasion that unites the advanced with the conventional, the straight with the gay, gratification with religion, and the adolescent with the old. “

Leading the 3.5-kilometer-long parade as grand marshals will be the Act II’s Voice of Vallarta contestants.

More than 20,000 spectators turned out for last year’s event and dozens of entries participated. The coordinators are offering a 5,000-peso cash prize this year for the most inventive parade entry.

Non-profit organizations can join the parade at no cost; businesses must pay 200 pesos. Registration can be made at

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