All I hear when I visit Mazatlan is “you should come for Carnaval, it’s the third biggest in the Americas” (behind Rio and New Orleans). Well this year, I made arrangements to come. I arrive this Thursday (the 7th) and will spend a week. Needless to say I am beyond excited.
Every year Mazatlan´s Carnaval is the most highly awaited event for thousands of residents in this seaport city and for tourists who, for almost a week, can laugh and dance the night away. The ocean front malecon closes to vehicle traffic for a kilometer and a half for five days and is completely transformed. Enormous dance floors move in and are flanked by dozens of booths selling food, beer, mardi-gras masks, confetti, serpentine and all kinds of souvenirs.
And I’ll be there. Here is a look at what activities I’ll be attending.
Friday Feb 8th
- Heading to Teodoro Mariscal Baseball Stadium (yes Baseball is popular in Mazatlan) for the Coronation Ceremony to the Flower Games Queen
Saturday Feb 9th
- Burning of Bad Humor at Olas Altas (not sure what this, but I suspect it will be interesting)
- Naval Battle Celebration – Fireworks Show at Olas Altas (The Mexicans fought the French Navy on the Bay of Mazatlan during the same conflict that produced the Cinco de Mayo holiday)
Sunday Feb 10th
- The First Carnaval Parade: For Carnival’s 2013 edition, there will be 34 floats decorated with sculptured figures of Movie characters, some measuring as much as 4 meters high, 10 meters long and 3 meters wide.
Besides the traditional royal floats constructed for decades by Rigoberto Lewis, spectators will see creatively-lighted floats designed by lighting engineer Jorge Osunaand his team and Jorge Gonzalez Neri
Monday Feb 11th
- Light Parade at night at Malecon.
Tuesday Feb 12th (Fat Tuesday)
- Second Carnaval Parade on the Malecón.
- Spend time enjoying the final fiestas until Ash Wednesday when Lent, the season of penitence,
begins. (I think I’ll need a confession afterwards)
Also, besides the Carnaval focus, I definitely plan to enjoy some beach time on the sands of Stone Island and time at the RIU hotel. Follow my activities on twitter under hashtag #CarnavalMaz (or my twitter handle @StayAdventurous) and for photos definitely check out my instagram feed @StayAdventurous and Facebook on the StayAdventurous page.
stay adventurous, Craig
Photos are from Carnival 2012 and were provided by Julio Birrueta the Director of Marketing for the Mazatlan Hotel Association at GoMazatlan.com