A tradition that characterizes the southern part of the state is the nautical procession in honor of the Virgen del Carmen, being one of the main activities within the religious and cultural tourism segment in Tamaulipas.
Before boarding the flagship, Fernando Olivera Rocha, Secretary of Tourism of Tamaulipas, highlighted the importance of the nautical procession of the Virgen del Carmen. Fulfilling in this edition, its first 10 years uniting the southern part of the state and becoming an experience that is appreciated by a greater number of tourists every year.
“This celebration is very special, because it manages to unite boats of all kinds on its way, shrimp boats, boats and yachts, forming a maritime spectacle as it crosses the Pánuco River. This, coupled with the fervor of the dancers and parishioners, is a tradition that unites and adds to the list of attractions within the segment of religious tourism in Tamaulipas”, said Olivera Rocha.
The nautical procession along the Pánuco, accompanied by fishermen and parishioners, stopped at Casa Blanca, Humo, 106, Zacate and the former Tampico Maritime Customs Building. Allowing groups of dancers to perform their routines to the rhythm of the drum and the rattle, as thanks to their patron saint for the favors granted.
Concluding the traditional tour with a solemn religious ceremony at the monument to the Virgen del Carmen, located in the neighborhood of La Barra, in the municipality of Ciudad Madero. Taking place from an early hour on this site, a gastronomic flea market for the benefit of the Cristo del Mar Chapel.
In the flagship that led the nautical procession of the Virgen del Carmen were José Armando Álvarez Cano, Bishop of the Diocese of Tampico; Jesús Nader Nasrallah and Armando Martínez Manríquez, mayors of Tampico and Altamira; as well as Fernando Olivera Rocha, Secretary of Tourism of Tamaulipas and special guests.