Each Tuesday around 7:30pm, locals from in around central Mérida descend on the square in Parque Santiago to dance “danzon” under the stars at the weekly event called “Remembranzas Musicales”.
A form of dance and music, “danzón” was introduced from Cuba to México in the early Twentieth Century. Cuban inspired rhythms from the 1930’s and 40’s are just what is takes to get this crowd moving.
Each week, elegant ladies and immaculately dressed men kick up their heels to live music provided by the City Band. The average age of the dancers is north of 50, but they know their moves and it always draws a festive crowd.
Everybody is welcome to join in, even if you are not the worlds best dancer. If not, you can take a seat on the sidelines and simply enjoy the festivities.
Also, with a night market of restaurants adjacent to the plaza and tables spilling out under the night sky, its a great spot to enjoy the show while sampling local dishes like panuchos, salbutes, tamales and sopa de lima.
Parque Santiago is in Mérida Centro, four blocks from Méridas main plaza. It is located in 59 street between 70 and 72.
The neighborhood of Santiago, in which the park is located is a colorful colonial era neighborhood full of life. With all the music, food and color, it is also one of the best neighborhoods to stay in.
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Walk, eat and dance in Barrio de Santiago
OK, so you’ve probably heard about Santiago. It’s the “Gringo Gulch” of Mérida where many of the city’s expats live. Over the years, many American and Canadian ex-pats - often retirees - have purchased and renovated homes in this area.
With a vibrant social life, centered around the Mérida English Library on Calle 53, as well as parties and events most nights in the homes of the various neighborhood locals, you’ll be surprised how full your dance card can get. If this sound like you, this is the place to be.
Santiago is very walkable. One of the main attractions is Parque de Santiago, which is in the heart of this barrio. This square is the venue of “Remembranzas musicales” event that happens every Tuesday night. Dance with locals and visitors alike to some live big-band tunes and danzón music.
The same park contains a local market, where food stands serve up delicious tortas and other Yucatecan dishes morning through night. Add a small supermarket, old-time movie theater and loads of galleries to visit and you’ve got loads to do right at your doorstep.