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.
The first Carnival in Mazatlán was in 1898 and it has been an annual event since, except for a few years.
Every year has a different theme.
Every year there are many shows and events that take place as part of Carnival:
2019 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.
A few weeks before Carnival starts, giant multi-coloured carnival figurines (called 'Monigotes', i.e. puppets) go up around town on the Malecon and in the Plaza Machado. These figurines are based on the theme of the current year's carnival.
The dates for 2019 Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico are February 25, 2019 to March 5, 2019.
The theme for the 2019 Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico is Equinoccio-El Renacer de Los Sentidos (Equinox-the rebirth of the senses)