It’s time to party in Puerto Vallarta

The streets are teeming with paper flags in green, white and red.

Mexican Independence Day falls on September 16th but if you know Mexicans and how they love to party, the entire month is cause to celebrate.

This year, I am lucky to be in Puerto Vallarta, the former sleepy fishing village made famous when Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor made it their secret rendezvous after he was here to film, “Night of the Iguana”.

It is the time of year for Chile en Nogada, a traditional Mexican dish, because this is when pomegranates and walnuts are at their peak.

Mexican Independence Day MealMariachis in full charro regalia fill the air with their distinctive melodies.

mariachi-compressorFireworks in the colours of the flag light the skies over the Bay of Banderas.

flagfw-compressorEven the folk dancers are back kicking up their heels.  Xuitla Ballet just returned from their European tour this summer.

xuitla-compressorThe taco festival in Parque Cardenas offers bite-size tacos of all kinds to try.  Taco shells are not hard; they don’t have lettuce, cheddar or sour cream.  That is a Tex-Mex style.  Learn the truth about tacos.

real tacosDon’t miss the charro parade  Cowboys on their horses in revolution-themed kermes.

charro-compressorThere are “pata salada” parties  It is a nickname for those born in Vallarta with the sea salt on their feet.  Huichol groups and mariachis entertain.

_dsc0034-compressorYou are missing a fabulous party in Puerto Vallarta! Live it to believe it as the tourist board suggests.

You should put this event on your bucket list and calendar for next year.

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