Video: Mexico’s method for speedy snowman building
Clearly, Ebrard was not put off by criticism he received last year about the project, which he says provides winter entertainment for low-income families. Detractors said that the ice rink — which is free of charge — was a waste of public funds in a country where so many people live below the poverty line.
The Christmas-themed Zocalo project is more ambitious this year than it was in December 2007, with the addition of artificial snow for tobogganing and building snowmen. A 164-foot-high Christmas tree dominates part of the square, and a spokesman for the city government said officials expect 6 million people to make use of the facilities this year, compared to 4 million last year.
Three-year-old Ismael Arenas Sosa and his father, Edmundo, a 31-year-old chef, enjoyed the artificially produced snow in the Zocalo last week. And it appears Ebrard and his team have devised a rather ingenious way of limiting the wait time for children eager to build their first snowman. Watch the video for more.
Photo: Snowmen made the Mexican way in the city’s Zocalo. Artificial snow is being produced as part of Mexico City’s Christmas celebrations in the giant plaza. Credit: Deborah Bonello / Los Angeles Times. See more photos here on Flickr.