Mazatlán Celebrates the World’s Third Largest Carnaval Celebration

Along the promenade Mazetlan Photo Go Mazetlan

Along the promenade Mazetlan Photo Go Mazetlan

The world famous Malecón of Mazatlán (a beautiful oceanfront promenade) is the stage of a spectacular week of celebrations, filled with music, dancing, parade floats, food, drinks, and a festive and euphoric atmosphere at Carnaval. Taking place from February 8 through February 13, this year’s theme is “Patasalada: Circo de los Talentos,” a tribute to native artists and entertainers that have made their mark internationally.

The Malecón transforms into a flowing wave of people adorned in alluring masks and sequined and feathered costumes singing, dancing, and celebrating from sundown to sunrise. They sing and dance the night away with non-stop celebrations, colorful parades featuring festive floats and brilliant fireworks. Mazatlán’s annual attendance for the six-day celebration swells to nearly 500,000 people, making it the third largest Carnaval celebration in the world after Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mazetlan Carnival Photo Go Mazetlan

Mazetlan Carnival Photo Go Mazetlan


The city has erected gigantic paper-maché sculptures along the Malecón – one of the longest
boardwalks in the world. Revelers are welcome to dance in the streets and enjoy the array of
gastronomic delights, festive concerts, non-stop performing arts, and more. Carnaval’s processions will
start at the deer monument and make their way to Casa del Marino.

Here are some of the major events during the weeklong festivities:

February 8 – Coronation of the King of Joy
February 8 – Inauguration of gastronomic exhibition
February 8 – Masquerade Ball
February 9 – Coronation of the Queen of the Floral Games
February 10 – Coronation of the Carnaval Queen
February 10 – Burning of a Puppet Effigy, “Mal Humor,” exorcising bad moods/negative energies
February 10 – Naval Combat featuring state-of- the-art Fireworks Display
February 11 – Sunday Inaugural Parade
February 12 – Coronation of the Child Queen
February 12 – Children’s Fantasy Ball
February 12 – Festival of Lights Fireworks
February 13 – Carnaval’s Second Parade

Headliners at the Estadio Teodoro Mariscal include:

Il Divo, a multi-national classical crossover vocal group, on February 9
Miguel Bosé, a popular musician and actor, on February 10
CD 9, a popular Mexican boy band, on February 12

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