Carnival in the Yucatan

Posted March 3, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations

Carnival in the Yucatan

Cozumel – March 2 to 9
It’s that time of year again for one of the most popular festivals in the Mexican Caribbean – Carnival! For over 100 years, Cozumel has brought this pre-Lenten celebration to life in an explosion of colors and exciting music.

Cozumel’s celebration includes parades of costumed characters, such as Harlequins, rumba dancers, Spaniards, gypsy women, fairies, princesses, bullfighters and kings and queens. As the week progresses and momentum builds, the island’s celebrations of street parties, music performances and dancing will continue through the wee hours of the morning. The main events will run from Wednesday, March 2 to Wednesday, March 9, 2011. This means the biggest seafront parades will be from Saturday, March 5 to “Fat Tuesday” March 8.
Carnival in Merida
Merida- March 2 to 9
Carnaval is to Merida what Mardi Gras is to New Orleans. Thousands of people attend the celebration of costume shows, the most colorful and fun being the winners, parades and parties. Monday, during the carnival weekend, the ladies and gentlemen of the Yucatan don their traditional hand-embroidered dresses and bright white Guayaberas, costumes typical of the region. For more information, go to

Reprinted from
Mexico’s Carnival, It’s More Than Just Beads
by the Mexico Tourism Board

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