Carnival In Mexico
Carnival season in Mexico is an exuberant and colourful affair with areas such as Mazatlan, Merida and Veracruz well known for their parades, music and energetic festivities, which attract thousands of visitors each year.
Each year the Carnival falls in the week preceding Lent and for Catholics it is a chance to traditionally indulge before the fasting of Lent begins.
Mexican Carnival's often include street parades filled with dancers dressed in vibrant clothing, beautifully decorated floats and no end of live music entertainment which varies from traditional music to modern. There are often plenty of food and drink stalls to be found all along the Carnival route as well as stages where endless music and dance performances take place, you will often find fair ground rides set up and in some cases market stalls as well offering a range of goods such as handmade crafts and clothing.
The crowning of the Carnival King and Queen is always one of the highlights and is eagerly anticipated by both the contestants and spectators alike.
During the evening fireworks are often enjoyed with elaborate displays that completely light up the night sky and live bands that will often continue to play well into the night with various genres of music played to suit many tastes.
The date of the carnival will change with each year however it takes place in the week before Ash Wednesday and ends on Fat Tuesday otherwise known as Mardi Gras, which usually falls within the months of February and/or March.
Be aware that many roads are closed where the carnival procession will be travelling through and although public transport will still be available be warned it can get extremely crowded. You will also need to book accommodation several months in advance if you plan to visit during this time and be aware that prices often go up during Carnival.