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When you think of Mardi Gras and Carnival, what comes to mind?  New Orleans? Rio de Janeiro?  How about Ensenada?  Turns out they have been holding Carnival every year since 1918!

The early celebrations of Carnival in Ensenada date back to the 1890's, though early celebrations were more informal.  Since 1918, the organizing committee has held the event every year.  It is the third-largest Carnival in México, this year the organizers expect over 600 thousand attendees.  This makes Carnival Ensenada the largest public gathering in northwest México.

Carnival is February 7-12, 2013.  It is a large family friendly event with three parades and lots of floats and costumes.  There are amusement rides and vendors.  This year, the event grounds will return to the park by the harbor, the one with the large Mexican flag and the three statues of historical figureheads. 

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Click to view video highlights of Ensenada Carnival 2012 


Crazy balloon hats


Fantastic costumes


Fun for all






 Less than 100 feet from the imposing and rusting US border fence in Tecate is a hotel and meeting complex called Santuario Diegueño.  Señor Sabrosisimo recently attended a meeting there at their signature restaurant, Asao.  The experience was excellent.


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