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If you found this blog via a link from a cruising site ~ we did cruise Mexico on our Ocean 49 cat for a season. See the first text box on the right for links to our preparations, trip down Baja, life in Mexico, cruising and trip back up to SoCal. Unfortunately we are back to the grind in the USA...

Friday, March 6, 2009

Carnaval Music in Barra de Navidad

Time for a little more culture.
We met up with Vic and Roberta of "Apollo II" (another catamaran) at the music stage for some Carnaval music.
First the mariachis!
Who were great.
I was just about to take a few pictures of them but unfortunately the mariachi man on the end fell to the stage.
He had been dancing around a little and we all thought his fall was a joke.
It was not a joke.
Apparently he had a heart attack.
A couple of gringos went up and started cpr, but quit after a few minutes.
Jim and Vic were off getting beer and didn't even see it happen.
When Vic returned, Roberta and I (who were both in the midst of freaking out) explained what was going on, so Vic (a retired cop) went up to continue cpr and help out.
Finally the police arrived.
An ambulance.
But it was too late.
Pretty heartbreaking to watch...

Apparently the show must go on, so we were treated to some traditional ballet folklorico with all the lovely costumes.

And some incredible rope tricks!

This act was great!

It was kind of hard to really enjoy the show.
We tried.
But we were thinking more of the other mariachis and their families...


judith said...

OMG! How horrible. was he the lead singer? I can't believe the show went on...

Margarita Mirasol said...

How sad.
I also can't believe the show went on.
So sad.

1st Mate said...

I'm not surprised the show went on. Maybe if the guy had been the lead act or something they might have made more of an issue of it, but maybe they wanted the audience to believe he just went off in the ambulance and would recover. Anyway, he probably would have wanted the show to go on. Good on Vic for trying to help save him.

Hey, Meerkat, we're here in Barra Lagoon, just arrived today. Look for us in front of Dog Island.

Jim and Heather on Meerkat said...

Yeah - it was kind of weird, but it is Mexico...
Oh no Bliss - we are in Tenacatita! Leaving for Chamela tomorrow... Can't believe we are going to miss each other...

Ray and Lucy said...

How horrible for all...him, his family and friends, and all who were unfortunate to have witnessed his demise. Good on the Gringos to try to help save him. It would have been great if it were a slight attack and maybe they could have saved him.

It doesn't surprise me that the show went on...as you said, it is Mexico.