Things I Don’t Understand About This Insane Mexican Carnival

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks in Sayulita. As I mentioned before, the town has been hosting an enormous carnival. Mike and I had a lot of fun playing the carnival games and people watching.

This was my first time at a Mexican Carnival and I ended up with a few…. questions that I would love to share with you now.

(Apologies for the crappy photography, I was overwhelmed by flashing lights).

Why so Much Sponge Bob?

I know spongebob is still inexplicably super popular, but man this guy was everywhere! Including a few suspiciously unlicensed variations.

Notice the terrifying shark

How Sketchy is this Bar?

And what is an “adios motherfucker?”

Is This a Mechanical Bull for Children?

Yes it is. That seems… not safe? Probably?

What is Up With These Carnival Prizes?

Instead of toys, many of the stands gave away things like boxes of cookies and these very utilitarian gift sets. Woo! Toilet paper and ramen!

The bikini babes are just for fun I guess

What did you win? Cornflakes and toilet paper!

Even Worse: These Prizes

Spongebob or cigarette case stuffed animal- you choose. Who even okayed this?

This Place Just Got Straight to the Point:

Win a bottle of booze!


Nightmares forever.

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20 thoughts on “Things I Don’t Understand About This Insane Mexican Carnival”

  1. So trying to understand why all you do is whine and complain. Must be a twenty something female thing…try going out and enjoy yourself once

    1. Your post confused me a little as I am generally an annoyingly positive person!
      I’m sorry that you saw this post as whining. I actually had a great time at this carnival (and during all of my 7 months in Mexico). Honestly I’d choose it over a sanitized US style one anytime. The post is meant to be a fun look at some of the cultural differences between this and the ones you might see in the States.

  2. You should visit Puerto Vallarta. Safest place I have ever been. I spent two weeks there. Go up and down the beach walk. Go to the south end to eat on the beach. Make sure to ask if they have a bathroom first. [ Banos]. Some do not. My favorite beer in the whole world is Pacifico. I went to their brewery in Mazatlan. I also went to the Las Osunas tequila factory. That is my favorite tequila. Note: they are not allowed to call it tequila because it is not made in the state of tequila. It is however 100% blue agave. I saw 2 bottles in one of your posts. That is one very cool old time brewery. They have tours. Did you know that Mexico had prohibition once? Hundreds were closed. Now some people have been buying them and opening them up. Another good example is Cabo Wabo. Sammy Hagar the rock star bought it. Been to his cantina, Cabo Wabo in Cabo San Lucas. Spent two weeks in Cabo San Lucas. Nice marina. Medano is the best beach and has good beach bars. Nuf said for now. Brian again.

  3. Adios Motherfucker aka Code Blue for those who do not want to swear. This is from Stephen Kittredge Cunningham’s “The Bartender’s Black Book. Fill a tall glass with ice. 1/2 oz. vodka or citrus vodka or orange vodka. 1/2 oz. rum. 1/2 oz. tequila. 1/2 oz. gin. 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao. Fill with sour mix. Shake it. 2 or 3 of these and it’s Adios Motherfucker!!! I have been to Mexico 10 times so I am not as baffled by your pictures as you are. This is the first post of yours I have read, pretty good. If you have any questions about Mexico let me know. Brian

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