The general public is invited to the 3rd Sea Turtle Festival in Playa Platanitos on July 18-19, 2015, which has been generating interest with its slogan “Ecología + Diversión = Únete a la Protección” (Ecology + Fun = Join in the Conservation!).
The Playa Platanitos Ecológico group is organizing the event with support from the Government of the State of Nayarit and other sponsors including the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The goal is to enjoy a couple of days of family fun while spreading important information about this endangered species that is key to the health of the Riviera Nayarit’s beaches.
The inauguration is on July 18th at 10:30 in the morning, followed by a series of musical presentations including the Mariachi Tradicional Cora, Batucada Ahualulco, folkloric singer Rigo Rivera and the Ballet Santa Cruz.
The contests will soon follow, starting with a runway walk for the Festival Queen contestants followed by dancing and singing to give the judges time to pick the lucky winner. At nightfall there will be a dance for all attendees.
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On Sunday the 19th the nature trails open up at 10 a.m. with information stations through Cerro Punta Custodio, complete with guides who will talk about the conservation and protection of the sea turtle.
At the end of the walks there will be activities that include a Paddleboard exhibition, a recycled-materials kite flying contest, a swimming contest, a mechanical bull and a presentation by a group of local children.
An intervention by a group of ecologists is scheduled for the afternoon; they will interact with the public to raise awareness about the sea turtle. Once they’re done, the stage is set for concerts and the closing ceremony, followed by dancing on the beach.