Fake explosive vest

Eleven black cylinders with cables attached to a vest, simulating a bomb were found in the El Cid neighborhood in Mazatlan. Landscaping staff found the vest on Saturday and called in the police. Emergency codes were activated and anti-bomb military experts arrived to deactivate the vest. It turns out that the cylinders were just PVC

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Handcraft Expo in Mazatlan

Handcraft Expo in Mazatlan

The Expo’s objective is to support and promote the handicraft traditions of Mexican culture and is showcasing 200 participants from 20 states in Mexico and 4 guest countries: Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Turkey at Soriana Rafael Buelna parking lot from March 17 to April 3.   Products are available for sale to the general public. Offerings include

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St. Patrick’s Battalion in Mexico

The St. Patrick’s Battalion – known in Spanish as el Batallón de los San Patricios – was a Mexican army unit comprised primarily of Irish Catholics who had defected from the invading US army during the Mexican-American War. In the U.S. army, the Irish were considered inferior soldiers and given dirty jobs. They were forced

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Narco Power or the Power of Money?

David Beriain has been a war journalist in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. He has worked from the Congolese mines, infiltrated Salvadorian gangs and hiked into the deep Colombian jungle to interview FARC guerrillas. Dispite all of this, he confesses that he has never seen anything like what he has seen in Mexico, where the power of drug money has created  a

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Speaking like a Mazatleco

Speaking like a Mazatleco

The following is a list of Mazatleco slang words. Practice and use them as often as you can. bichi – naked compa – buddy plebes – kids camarada – good friend pistear – drink beers suato – stupid chilo – nice cheve – beer curado – funny gomero – Drug dealer cochi – pig hechar carreta

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Gringos for Mexico?

“If you want to know exactly why a “gringo” like me supports Mexico so much, please read my article “How Mexicans can make America great” says  Lincoln Smith. Lincoln is a US citizen, originally from Oregon. He has been working in a Factory in Ciudad Juarez for 10 years . He is very familiar with the border situation

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A Mazatlan woman who deals with adversity

Many of Mazatlan’s women face a battle every day to support their families; to keep their kids in school; to have a voice as part of society, and they do all this without losing their femininity, and always with a lovely demeanor. The story of Irma Tirado shows how Mazatlan women can succeed despite adversity. Irma

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2017 Mazatlan’s Moto Week…coming soon..

Get your bike ready and practice your acrobatics because the 2017 edituion of Semana de la Moto will be held from April 19 to 23, OR buy earplugs if you are not a fan! In its 22nd year, this traditional Mazatlan event will gather more than 15,000 motorcyclists from all over Mexico, Canada, USA and elsewhere who come

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Sugary Drink Purchases Drop 7.6% 2 Years Into Mexico’s Tax

In the first 2 years of Mexico’s tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, consumption of such taxed beverages dropped an average 7.6%, researchers have found. Consumption dropped 5.5% in 2014 and 9.7% in 2015, contradicting claims by the soft drinks industry that the effect of the tax declined after the first year, according to a new study

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Mexicans drink 27% more beer

Information from Inegi suggests that in 2016, Mexicans over the age of 18 years drank 10.4 million liters of beer –  27% more than in 2007, mostly because of  imported and handcraft brews. “The beer industry is growing, mainly in the handcrafted and imported segments. Imported beer consumption is projected to rise by 12% annually during the

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55,000 show up in Olas Altas!!!

Olas Altas saw a record 55,000 attendees for the Julion Alvarez’s Show. “We are happy to have the presence of Julion, there is no doubt that he receives the love and affection of all Mazatlecos ” said Mayor, Fernando Pucheta. Julion  was got his start in the music business in Mazatlan Julio Alvarez, known as Julion, was born in

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Mexican Music Concerts in USA report dramatic drops.

Ticket sales of traditional Mexican music concerts in the U.S. have been falling after new immigration policies began to be enforced. “People are reluctant  to go out,  they send warnings between them and they just stay at home” said Jorge Ochoa, manager of Mexican artists like Graciela Beltran and Los Cuates de Sinaloa. Ochoa reported that

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Sinaloa’s Development Secretary apologizes to LGBT community

“I’m human and I made a mistake and I apologize from my heart” Said Javier Lizarraga, Sinaloa’s Economic Development Secretary. Last Friday at a meeting with businessmen, the Secretary highlighted the economic development achievements and mentioned that in 2013 a cruiseship had arrived in Mazatlan with guests “from the other side”  and between laughs he named them

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Mazaltan’s Carnaval history

Mazaltan’s Carnaval history

Carnival has been celebrated in Mazatlan since Colonial times. During the 19th Century, prior to Easter Mazatlecos indulged in excesses that were prohibited the rest of the year and most were considered sinful. These celebrations were uncontrolled and sometimes, mounted police tried to enforce order, even instituting taxes for the use of costumes. In 1827, some soldiers

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Alebrijes?

This year the Carnival theme is “Alebrijes and Dragons“, and the malecon (boardwalk) is already decorated with numerous Monigotes.  But can they really be labelled as “Alebrijes”? The answer is “No”. And please do not get me wrong! They look beautiful and the design of each one is just remarkable. But an Alebrije should be so

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