There are a plethora of things happening right now. I hope you brought your dancing shoes because PRIDE starts this week (May 20-27). The Pride Parade is next Thursday, May 24 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm starting at the Sheraton Buganvilias, traveling along the Malecon and Calle Olas Altas.
Thousands of people are expected to line the cobblestone streets to celebrate the cities diversity and 100th birthday. Special guests include Alejandra Bogue, international recording artist and Grand Marshal of Vallarta Pride 2018, Lorena Herrera and Puerto Vallarta’s local ambassador Hector Betancourt. Following the parade, then join the fun at “La Fiesta en la Calle” giant Block Party on Lazaro Cardenas Street. The party continues to the wee hours of the morning. Check out their website for all the details on these events and lots of others happening all week long. www.vallartapride.com
The largest Kiteboarding competition in Mexico and a Top 20 Kiteboarding event in the world, the Festival del Viento (Wind Festival) is this weekend at the beach in Flamingos, straddling Nuevo Vallarta and Bucerias. It’s a three-day event (May 18-20) with over 300 competitors and 1000’s of spectators.
The City of Vallarta continues to host events all month long in celebration of its centennial. We’ve included the Schedule of Events for MayoFest (May 26 – 31) here so you can plan the coming weeks.
If that’s not enough, we are in the throes of Restaurant Week, with a review of Warique, a new Latin American themed restaurant in Old Town. I’ve only ever heard good things about it and this week’s review is fantastic. I’ll be checking it out soon. What are some of your favourite restaurants? How many are you planning on hitting during Restaurant Week?
Last week I was treated to a customized tasting menu at Tintoque in Marina Vallarta. I have no bad words to say. From the soft-shell crab to the indescribable dessert, it was a tasting party in my mouth. I would eat that dessert a hundred times; it was so sublime. If you haven’t been to Tintoque – check it out. It’s also taking part in Restaurant Week.
Finally, two weeks ago I received an email from a local man who lives in Ixtapa, looking for some help in finding a new wheelchair the boy who begs outside the Oxxo in town. A quick email to Dennis Rike of the Jay Sadler Project and this kid has a new wheelchair. The Jay Sadler Project has been making significant changes in the lives of local children. They help to repair playgrounds, schools, clinics and other public spaces, among other things. Each month they publish a report of their ongoing and finished projects in the Tribune. If you know of a family or school that needs assistance, consider reaching out the Dennis and the Jay Sadler Project. You can read about all their recent successes here: Jay Sadler Project
Thank you so much for sharing a bit of your time with us this week. I hope you get out and enjoy the events around the bay. If you’re reading from afar, hurry back!