Sunday, March 27, 2011
Paint peels from the tired faces of overriden carousel ponies, a central fixture of the semi-permanent amusement park rides stationed in many of Mexico's public parks. Weekending families wander through the whirring machines, occasionally succumbing to a child's nagging and passing a five peso coin to the operator.
Most often, however, the rides sit abandoned, however, their transient appeal waning further until one day they are gone, as quickly as they appeared. Visitors still visit the park, the space once filled by rides now occupied by balloon sellers and popcorn carts.
The bright colors, blinking lights, and humming music of the rides create a vivid tableau, a nearly-constant backdrop for Sunday paseos that is simultaneously enchantingly vibrant and melancholy.