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Mazatlán Carnival 2019
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Mazatlán Carnival 2019

From Wednesday, February 27, 2019 to Tuesday, March 5, 2019 February 27, 2019 March 5, 2019 El Cid Resorts

Mazatlan has the oldest major modern Carnival tradition in Mexico with a history of over a hundred years starting in 1898 and it’s the third largest carnival celebration in the world!

This great event features parades, fireworks, live music, traditional Mexican food and street entertainment set on the Malecon, the Historical District and other beautiful locations throughout the city.

Mazatlán Carnival isn’t just about a weekend. It involves an entire year preparation and has lots of great events, some of them are free!

You can get your tickets at the Angela Peralta Theater.

*Prices are based on last year's fees. They are just an estimated.

DATE

TIME

PLACE

APPROXIMATE COST

EVENT

Friday February 22

8:00pm

Angela Peralta Theater

From $300 MXN to $500 MXN

The Evening of Arts

The Evening of the Arts (Velada de las Artes) is a special annual performance staged at the Angela Peralta Theater the Friday before Carnival.

In previous years, this exciting event has been conducted by Maestro Enrique Patrón de Rueda, and featured performances by the Symphonic Orchestra with Camerata Mazatlán.

This tickets are available at the Angela Peralta Ticket office.

Thursday February 28

From 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Plaza Machado

FREE

Food Festival

The Food Festival (Muestra Gastronómica) is a fun outdoor food fest staged in the heart of the Historical District. Restaurants located near the Plaza prepare traditional Mazatleco dishes. It’s an event that continues every afternoon during Carnival.

Thursday February 28

7:30pm

Terraza Los Pargos (Playa Sur)

$750 MXN

Masquerade Ball

The Masquerade Ball (Baile de Fantasía) marks the start of Carnival nightlife, filled with music, dancing and wonderful food. Beautiful ambassador-queens from many countries compete for the honor to be on the inaugural and end of Carnival Parades.

Tickets for this event can be purchased at the Angela Peralta Theater ticket office.

Thursday February 28

7:30pm

Paseo Claussen (between the Deer Monument and casa del Marino)

FREE

King of Joy Coronation

On Thursday February 28 after dark, The King of Joy will be crowned on the Malecón. The King of Joy is the modern name for “The Uglu King”. This coronation always includes Banda, so let the street party begin!

Friday March 1

8:30pm

Baseball Stadium

From $200 MXN and $1,500 MXN

Floral Games 

Concert and coronation of the Queen of the Floral Games (Juegos Florales). Floral Games (Juegos Florales) is always a well-attended event that centers on literature and culture. Awards are given to contestants who have written the best “flowery verse”, closing with a big concert which, in 2018, was Il Divo.

Saturday March 2

6:30pm

Baseball Stadium

From $250 MXN to $2,800 MXN

Carnival Queen Coronation

A magnificent event that gathers music, great performances from experienced musicians and dancers. Well worth going to and experiencing the coronation for yourself!

Saturday March 2

8:00pm

Olas Altas Malecón

FREE

Bad Mood Burning

A traditional ritual during the Mazatlán Carnival is the incineration of a giant puppet. Sometimes modeled after an unpopular public figure or just someone famous, this puppet is hanged and then burned, sometimes with fireworks exploding joyously.

Saturday March 2

10:30pm

Olas Altas Malecón

FREE

Naval Combat Fireworks

The Naval Combat (Combate Naval) is a dramatization of the defense of Mazatlán during the French invasion in 1864 in which Mazatlán repelled the attack and was safe from the Colonization. The fireworks symbolize the cannon fire exchanged during this famous battle while the people of Mazatlan screams and sings in joy for their victory. This is a great family event staged at Olas Altas.

Sunday March 3

5:30pm

Olas Altas Malecón

FREE

Inaugural Carnival Parade

The most iconic and most anticipated event is the Carnival Parade (Desfile de Carnaval), which is always held on Sunday. This is at the top of the list of recommended carnival attractions, starting at the Fisherman’s Monument and finalizing at Valentino’s, dozens of floating carriages sail through the malecon, while hundreds of Mazatlecos applaud. Dance and sing along to the live music!

Monday March 4

6:30pm

Baseball Stadium

From $150 MXN to $750 MX

Coronation of the Child Queen

The Child Queen Coronation is an important part of carnival in Mazatlán and her party is well suitable for a little queen! Big dance shows and live performances are held in the Baseball Stadium to honor the queen. Don’t miss it!

Monday March 4

10:00pm

Olas Altas Malecón

FREE

Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights is a fireworks show visible along the Olas Altas Malecon, drawing hundreds of amazed spectators. Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the most impressive and professional fireworks show that has been compared to the ones of Rio and New Orleans!

Tuesday March 5

4:30pm

Along the Malecón

FREE

Second Carnival Parade

This second parade marks the end of the Carnival in Mazatlán, starting at the Aquarium and flowing along the Malecón. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the Inaugural Parade!