As thousands of motorcyclists hit the road yesterday to return home after another successful Motorcycle Week in Mazatlán, and students and vacationers prepared to return to classes and work today after the Semana Santa and Semana Pascua holidays, Sinaloa´s Secretary of Tourism (Sectur) said during the national two week holiday Mazatlán was one of the six most visited vacation spots in Mexico.
Hotels reported 90 percent occupation rate the first two days of Semana Pascua and 100 percent during motorcycle week when 43,000 bikers, families and friends arrived in the port to take part in the annual event.
Sectur’s preliminary analysis of the financial windfall from motorcycle week indicates visitors spent over 650,000 million pesos during the five day event, a 15 percent increase over last year.
Thousands of people gathered on the Malecón on Saturday afternoon to watch the legendary motorcycle parade led this year by Sinaloa Governor Mario López Valdez.
However, the parade was not with incident this year.
Transito police reported five motorcycle accidents resulting in eight injuries on Saturday between 4:30pm and 8:00pm when drivers collided with each other or hit pedestrians.
Spectators complained to media about the lack of police presence along the parade route to protect pedestrians and prevent spectators from leaving the sidewalks to walk among the motorcycles as they paraded by.