Carnival is basically the same as Mardi Gras. It is a huge party in Mazatlán. The Carnival in Mazatlán is reported to be the 3rd largest in the world after Rio De Janeiro and New Orleans. There are 2 big parades down the Malecon, big shows at the baseball stadium, and a big party at Olas Altas. Since it is Mazatlán, there is a lot of Pacifico beer flowing! We will give you a list of the Carnival Events and provide details that will allow you to decide whether to go to them or not.
Every year there are many shows and events that take place as part of Carnival:
Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Carnival runs from a Thursday to Tuesday(Mardi Gras Day or Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday). This Tuesday is significant in the Catholic religion because it is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on the Wednesday(Ash Wednesday). Lent is a period of 40 days(not counting Sundays) of fasting prior to Easter. The tradition now is for Lent is to choose to give up something during this period or volunteer rather than actually fasting.
Usually a few weeks before Carnival, about 10 giant multi-coloured carnival figurines (called 'Monigotes') go up on the Malecon. These figurines are based on the theme of the current year's carnival.
In the Golden Zone, during the Friday and Saturday nights, many banda bands just set up on the side of Avenida Camaron Sabalo between the Hotel Costa De Oro and Fiestaland. People walk up and down the sidewalks drinking beer and listening to the bands every few metres. The traffic hardly moves, but the vehicles are packed with people partying! With all the bands playing it is very loud! This is a fun experience that we recommend you check out if you are in Mazatlán during Carnival.
The dates for 2019 Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico are February 25, 2019 to March 5, 2019.
The 2018 Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico runs from February 8, 2018 to February 13, 2018.
The 2016 Carnival in Mazatlán was February 4 to February 9, 2016. The theme of the Carnival is "Mazatlantida: La alegoria que emergio de las olas" (The allegory that emerged from the waves)
The 2015 Carnival in Mazatlán had a theme of "Los sueños de Momo".
The 2014 Carnival in Mazatlán was February 27 to March 4, 2014. The theme of the Carnival is "Litoralia: La Piel del Mar" (Litoral: The Skin of the Sea).
The 2013 Carnival in Mazatlán was held February 7 to 12, 2013. The theme of the Carnival was La Linterna Magica (Magic Lantern).
The Carnival in Mazatlán was from February 16 to 21, 2012. The theme of the Carnival was "La Fiesta de los Imperios" (The party of the Imperials).
The theme of the Carnival was "El Retorno de las Musas"
The Carnival in Mazatlán was from February 11, 2010 to February 16, 2010, The theme of the Carnival was "Con Fervor Patrio!" (With Patriotic Fervor!).
The Carnival in Mazatlán in 2009 was from February 19, 2009 to February 24, 2009. The theme of the Carnival was "Fantasa Universal" (Universal Fantasy).
The Carnival in Mazatlán in 2007 was from February 15, 2007 to February 20, 2007. The theme of the Carnival was "Hechizos de Puerto Viejo" (Charms of the Old Port).
The Carnival in Mazatlán in 1998 was the 100th Anniversary. The theme of the Carnival was "El Primer Siglo" (The First Century).