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You didn’t have to be a statistics expert or be equipped with a turnstile to see that Puerto Vallarta's Mardi Gras parade was a huge success – for organizers, downtown business and the 15,000 spectators who reveled in the fun.

Some 45 parade participants, led by the energetic Ambassadors from ALAS Escuela de Canto, rolled floats and marchers through the streets decorated in traditional purple, gold and green. “No telling what this is going to turn into but we think Puerto Vallarta is definitely on the map for Mardi Gras celebrations,” organizers commented. 

The doubloons, beads and beers may be long gone from the festivities but what remains after Tuesday's parade—and obligatory after party—is the impression left in the hearts and minds of locals and out-of-towners alike:  That shared sense of community and repeat customer mentality of folks who tell themselves, ‘you know what, let’s come back to Puerto Vallarta next year—it really is a fun place to be.’ Capitalizing on that, of course, is invaluable. And consequently, there’s plenty more coming down the horizon to continue to foster that sentiment.

Organizers wish to thank the volunteers, City Officials and, of course, the parade entries and sponsors including 69 Ovejas Negras Moto Club, ACT II, ALAS Esucela de Canto, Andales/Andales on the Bay, Ángeles en Libertad, Apaches, Art Vallarta, Bar Frida, Café des Artistes, Cafesto, Casa Cupula, Gay Guide Vallarta, International Friendship Club, Jim Lee Entertaintment, La Cueva, La Margarita Bar, La Piazzetta, Ladies Outdoor Club Adventure, Margarita Grill, Nacho Daddy, Paco’s Ranch, PV Mens Chorus, PVRPV.com, R Salon, Reinas Bar, Salud Superfood, SETAC, The Dog House, The Palm Cabaret, The Swedes, CC Slaughters PV, HAU Boutique/Zingara Swimwear, Hotel Blue Chairs, Harem, Casa Isabel, Club Sauna Spartacus, The Red Room Cabaret, Buenflex Clothing/ RK Supplement, Ron Morgan, Superior Tours, Encuentros Pizza and Nu.

Next year's Mardi Gras parade is scheduled for Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  Details will be updated shortly on the official carnaval website at www.carnavalvallarta.com.  

Additional parade photos can be found at Vallarta Lifestyles' Facebook page, below: