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“This is Oaxaca's Mardi Gras”

Ranked #38 of 129 things to do in Oaxaca
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Owner description: This concrete stadium, built in 1974, hosts a wide range of events.
Reviewed 17 July 2012

I have been at the open-air auditorium for Guelaguetza a couple of times but it is very crowded and you need to arrive 2-3 hours early to get a free seat or pay for the reserved seats. Now I watch it on TV and the dancers perform around the Zocalo and there are parades on the two Saturdays preceding the events at the auditorium.

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Reviewed 25 July 2006

I returned from Oaxaca last night, July 24. I had bought tickets to both the traditional Guelaguetza festival and the Donaji--a reenactment of the legend--from TicketMasterMexico many months ago, and was to pick them up "at WIllCall at the ticket office in town" the week before the festival. Upon arriving in Oaxaca, i became of course aware of the striking teachers and the threats that Guelaguetza would get cancelled or that the teachers might not "allow" it to happen. But I was still hoping it would take place.

Claiming the pre-purchased tickets from Ticketmaster--who has only agents in town--proved to be nearly impossible, led me on several wild goose chases to different offices, each of whom told me something different, and to the office where I eventually got the tickets on my third visit there. (The first trip I could not go in because the teachers had it barricaded.) It seems no one quite knew how to produce pre-purchased tickets, and even after I did get them, the woman was still calling the house where I was staying, saying she needed my credit card again (she had run it four times already), and in the end I was slated to meet her the night of Donaji at the venue so she could redo some part of the transaction.

But as fate would have it, the taxi driver announced to my friend and I that night when we hopped in to go, that it was not possible, that the teachers had occupied the auditorium and had the roads all blocked. Traffic was a mess, busses blocked the approaching streets, and there were fires and teachers with machetes and iron rods occupying the outdoor theatre where both Donaji and the Guelaguetza were supposed to happen. (I saw the pictures on a frine's camera who risked going in by foot the next morning.) So, we ended up going to San Felipe instead that night. And by Monday night, Guelaguetza had just been flat out cancelled, which, in my opinion, was a better response than sending in the police and having what would have been, at that point, a violent confrontation.

I was told on the phone by Ticektmaster that a credit for the ticket price (minus the service fee) would appear on my account in three days. And I do know that locally, people who had paid cash in Oaxaca were able to get refunds---although not right downtown at the Oficina Turismo where they had purchased them. They had to take a long taxi or bus ride to some other location to get their money back!

So that is my experience of Guelaguetza!

I do not know whether last night's performance (the second and final one scheduled) happened or not.

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