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2021 Carnival in Mazatlán

December 8, 2020 UPDATE: The city held a vote and by an overwhelming majority, but few votes, it was decided to cancel 2021 Carnival.

Carnival is the biggest annual event of the year in Mazatlán.  Carnival is the same as Mardi Gras.  The first Carnival in Mazatlán was in 1898 and it has been an annual event since, except for a few years for various reasons.  The Carnival in Mazatlán is reported to be the 3rd largest in the world after Rio De Janeiro and New Orleans.

Carnival occurs over 6 days and includes many events.  There are 2 big parades down the Malecon, big coronation shows at the Teodoro Mariscal 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.

There are many shows and events that take place as part of Carnival:

Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

2021 Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

The 2021 Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico runs from February 11-16, 2021 and has a theme of "Lanao, un viaje por el tiempo" (Lanao, a journey through time).

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.

Closer to Carnival...Tickets for the paid events can normally be bought at the Cultura 9am-5pm, Angela Peralta Theatre 9am-2pm and 4pm-7pm, La Gran Plaza 10am-8pm, Plaza Acaya 10am to 8pm.

Monigotes (Puppets)

Mazatlán Carnival monigote

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.

Bad Mood Riddance

Bad Mood riddance at Mazatlán Carnival

Bad Mood Riddance (Quema del Mal Humor) is an event where a giant puppet which is an effigy of a famous person is loaded with fireworks and set affire in an effort to get rid of bad feelings.  This all takes place in Olas Altas near the Deer monument.  For 2019, a giant puppet representing Peña Nieto, the former president of Mexico will be burned!

Inaugural (Sunday) Carnival Parade

parade during Mazatlán Carnival

The Inaugural Parade (Primer Desfile de Carnival) is the first of the two big parades with huge floats along the Malecon.  This parade takes place on the Sunday of Carnival.  This parade starts at 5pm and goes along the Avenida Del Mar from Sister Cities Park(Parque Ciudades Hermanas) to Fiestaland (Avenida Rafael Buelna).  The Malecon fills with about half a million people to watch the parade go by.  In 2020 there will be 33 floats and 28 other groups.

For days before, people set up chairs to rent and try to reserve the best spots for viewing the parade.  The city has been trying to crack down on this, but with limited success! &bnsp;The city seems to be allowing people that show up with a few chairs and umbrellas to set up for a family, but not those that show up with hundreds of chairs.

The parade goes along the southside lane of the Malecon.  The northbound lane is also closed for spectators.

Watch the entire 2020 Inaugural Carnival Parade: Here

Second (Tuesday) Carnival Parade

parade during Mazatlán Carnival

The Second Parade (Segundo Desfile de Carnival) is the second of the two big parades with huge floats along the Malecon.  This parade takes place on the Tuesday of Carnival.  This parade goes along the Avenida Del Mar from the Mazatlán Aquarium to Olas Altas.  The Malecon fills with people to watch the parade go by.

The parade goes along the southside lane of the Malecon.  The northbound lane is also closed for spectators.

When is the 2021 Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico?

The dates for 2021 Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico are February 11, 2021 to February 16, 2021.

When are the 2020 Carnival Events in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico?

The dates for the 2020 Carnival events are:

  • King of Joy Coronation: February 20, 2020 8:30pm, Sister Cities Park
  • Queen of the Floral Games Coronation: February 21, 2020, 8:30pm, Teodoro Mariscal Stadium
  • Bad Mood Riddance: February 22, 2020, 8pm, Olas Altas
  • Naval Combat Fireworks: February 10:30pm, 2020, Olas Altas
  • Inaugural Carnival Parade: February 23, 2020, 5pm, Malecon
  • Children's Queen Coronation: February 24, 2020, 6:30pm, Teodoro Mariscal Stadium
  • Children's Fantasy Ball: February 24, 2020, 10am, Salon Espectacular
  • Great performance on the Monday of Carnival: February 24, 8pm, Sister Cities Park
  • Second Carnival Parade: February 25, 2020, 4:30pm, Malecon
  • Tuesday of Carnival show: February 25, 2020, 11pm, Olas Altas

When is the theme of the 2021 Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico?

The theme for the 2021 Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico is "Lanao, un viaje por el tiempo" (Lanao, a journey through time).

Mazatlán Carnival Photos

Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

Previous Mazatlan Carnival Themes and Dates

  • 2020: Somos America -Pasion, Alegria y Esperanza (We are America - Pasion, Joy, and Hope): February 20-25, 2020
  • 2019: Equinoccio-El Renacer de Los Sentidos (Equinox-the rebirth of the senses): February 28, 2019 to March 5, 2019.
  • 2018: Patasalada: El Circo de Los Talentos (The Circus of the Talented): February 8, 2018 to February 13, 2018
  • 2017: Alebrijes and Dragons : February 23, 2017 to February 28, 2017
  • 2016: Mazatlantida: La alegoria que emergio de las olas (The allegory that emerged from the waves) : February 4 to February 9, 2016
  • 2015: Los sueños de Momo (The dreams of Momo) : February 12, 2015 to February 17, 2015
  • 2014: Litoralia: La Piel del Mar (Litoral: The Skin of the Sea) : February 27 to March 4, 2014
  • 2013: La Linterna Magica (Magic Lantern) : February 7 to 12, 2013
  • 2012: La Fiesta de los Imperios (The party of the Imperials) : February 16 to 21, 2012
  • 2011: El Retorno de las Musas (The Return of the Muses) : March 3, 2011 to March 8, 2011
  • 2010: Con Fervor Patrio! (With Patriotic Fervor!) : February 11, 2010 to February 16, 2010
  • 2009: Fantasa Universa" (Universal Fantasy) : February 19, 2009 to February 24, 2009
  • 1998: 100th Anniversary: El Primer Siglo (The First Century)

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