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Did I hear you say you want to party?
Keep the dates February 27 til March 4, 2014 open -- that's Carnaval Week!
Carnival was officially inaugurated here in 1898, and those lucky enough to visit during the week before Lent are treated to the modern Mazatlan Carnaval, the third largest carnival celebration in the world. One of the most enduring of Mazatlan tourist attractions, the upcoming 2014 Mazatlan Carnaval, centered on the Malecon, will continue the 116 year tradition and attract hundreds of thousands of people from all around the world.
This multi-day Mardi Gras celebration features parades, fireworks, live music, delicious food and great street entertainment set on the picturesque Mazatlan Malecon oceanfront, within the Centro Historico and at other locations throughout Mazatlan.
While the entire 2014 Mazatlan Carnival Event Schedule isn't entirely firm yet -- new events are posted here as they are announced -- the dates of the biggest traditional events and major shows that are confirmed are noted below.
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Carnival in Mazatlan isn't just about Carnaval Week, it involves an entire year of preparation that becomes heated in the Fall as the holidays draw near and carnival does not seem so far away, and begins to glow white-hot after new year.
In a very real sense, the 2014 Mazatlan Carnaval has already begun!
Countdown to Ecstasy
It's On The city of Mazatlan officially rang in the 2014 Carnaval Season on December 6th, 2013, with a gala celebration at La Puntilla -- right on the docks overlooking the port where Carnaval began.
Far more than an "announcement", this full-blown stage show / party featured live dancers and huge projection screens flanking the stage with video, images and music from previous Mazatlan carnivals.
The theme of the 2014 Mazatlan Carnival was announced Litoralia: La Piel del Mar (Litoral: The Skin of The Sea) is the theme of the 2014 Mazatlan Carnaval.
Elusive in translation, some believe that the name is an allusion to fact the best carnivals in the world (Rio, Sao Paulo, Havana, New Orleans...) are celebrated in cities along coasts.
The candidates for King of Joy have been announced Juan Osuna, Rufyno Santos and Adolfo Blanco "The Artist" are candidates for Rey de la Alegria. The theme for the King of Joy coronation in 2014 is a spectacular show celebrating Carnival in Cuba.
Chuy Lizarraga and his Banda Tierra Sinaloense will headline the concert in celebration of the coronation of the King of Joy.
UPDATE 15 February 2014: Adolfo Blanco "The Artist" was selected as the King of Joy for the 2014 carnival, having raised over 120,000 pesos for charity!
The candidates for Child Queen have been announced Zuszet Guevara and Ivanna Romero are candidates for Reina Infantil. The theme for the coronation of the 2014 Child Queen is a tribute the Mardi Gras Carnival in New Orleans.
Belinda will headline the concert in celebration of the coronation of the Child Queen.
UPDATE 15 February 2014: Zuszet Guevara was selected as Child Queen, having raised over 245,000 pesos for charity!
The candidates for Carnaval Queen have been announced Siu Ying Audelo, Ingrid Carreón, Daniela García, Lorena Lizárraga, Mizarahi Shobert, Fernanda Tirado, Marcela Valdez, Harriet Vázquez and Pamela de la Vega are candidates for Mazatlan 2014 Carnaval Queen.
Candidates must have lived in Mazatlan for a minimum of 3 years; be unmarried; not be mothers and be between 17 and 25 years old.
The Queen will be crowned amid a sea of joyful samba dancers paying tribute to the great Carnivals celebrated in Rio, Sao Paulo and elsewhere in Brazil.
Sasha, Benny y Erik will headline the Queen's coronation concert.
UPDATE 20 February 2014: The spectacularly beautiful Lorena Lizárraga Zatarian has been selected to be the 2014 Mazatlan Carnaval Queen!
Applications for poet laureate of the Floral Games closed January 31st The Juegos Florales (Floral Games) candidates can be from anywhere in Mexico, and the winner of the Floral Games receives an over $6,000 USD cash prize. LE DIV4S will headline the Floral Games concert.
Manigotes have been installed on the Malecon Cultura began installation of the Carnaval Manigotes -- over 25 foot tall temporary sculptures -- along The Malecon on February 4th. Designed to represent carnivals in Brazil, Havana, New Orleans and Venice, four of the ten sculptures will be re-located to Plaza Machado after the Carnaval Queen is chosen. Check out the giant Che Guevara (Havana) sculpture located at Playa Norte!
Friday February 7, 2014 / 4pm / Free
Queen-candidates parade, the first parade of the 2014 Carnaval season!
Starting at the Mazatlan Aquarium at the southern end of Bosque de la Ciudad at 4pm, this fun kick-off parade winds its way south into the Centro Historico and ends at Plaza de la Republica at about 6pm. Take advantage of this free carnival event and get to see all of the lovely Queen contestants!
Friday February 14, 2014 / 6pm / Free
Cómputo Final, the final vote count for Carnaval Queen candidates
Go to the Plaza Machado in the Centro Historico and join in the celebration of the Mazatlan Carnaval Queen candidates at Computo Final. Lots of good fun! The event takes place at about 6pm -- and it's free!
Saturday February 15, 2014 / 7pm / 200 - 400 pesos
Elección de Reinas, the official election of queen-candidates
Have you ever enjoyed watching the Miss America Pageant? If so, the Eleccion de Reinas event at the Angela Peralta Theater just might be a Carnaval event that you need to attend!
Packed with fun musical numbers, lavish costumes and, of course, important questions from the judges like what would you wish for if you only had one wish?
Tickets, 200 - 400 pesos, available at the Angela Peralta ticket office.
Friday February 21, 2014 / 8pm / 250 - 500 pesos
Velada de las Artes, the Evening of the Arts special performances
The Evening of the Arts is a special annual performance staged at the Angela Peralta Theater the Friday before to Carnival.
Sponsored by Cultura Mazatlan, this exciting event will be conducted by Maestro Enrique Patron de Reuda, and will feature performances by Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de Las Artes (OSSLA); vocal soloists from Coro Guillermo Sarabia; performances by Mexican pop and opera singer and actress Susana Zabaleta and dance performances by Compañia de Danza Fernanda Guerra.
Velada de las Artes starts at 8pm, and tickets range from 250 pesos to 500 pesos. Tickets available at the Angela Peralta ticket office.
Thursday February 27, 2014 / 2pm - 7pm
Muestra Gastronómica food festival at Plaza Machado
The main events of Carnaval week in Mazatlan begin at Plaza Machado at about 2pm Thursday with Muestra Gastronomica, a fun outdoor food fest staged in the heart of the Centro Historico.
Restaurants located on and near the plaza prepare all sorts of special munchies and traditional Sinaloan dishes. It makes a great place to relax into Carnaval and get ready for the coronation of the King of Joy just a couple of blocks away on the Olas Altas Malecon at 7pm.
Muestra Gastronomica continues every afternoon during carnival.
Schedule of 2014 Carnaval Events
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Carnaval King Coronation | Floral Games | Carnaval Queen Coronation | Bad Mood Burning
Naval Combat Fireworks | Inaugural Parade | Bullfight | Child Queen Coronation
Festival of Lights Fireworks | Final Parade
King of Joy (Rey de la Alegría) Coronation
2014 King of Joy (Rey de la Alegria) Coronation / Upcoming 2014 Mazatlan Carnival Events
Thursday February 27, 2014 (After dark)
Olas Altas Malecon / Just 30 pesos general admission!
While most people think of carnival in Mazatlan as beginning on Friday, the festivities actually start on Thursday.
All day Thursday the 27th the Muestra Gastronómica -- food fest -- will be underway in Plaza Machado, and after dark the King of Joy will be crowned on the Malecon overlooking Olas Altas Beach and the Sea of Cortéz.
Rey de la Alegría, the King of Joy, is the modern name for the El Rey Feo, the Ugly King.
All the way back to the first official Mazatlan carnivals in 1898 and 1899, this carnaval character was El Rey Feo. In a strikingly modern attempt at politically correct speech he was re-named the King of Joy in 1965.
To some degree the re-branding didn't really stick: many older Mazatlecos still refer to him as Rey Feo...
The theme for the 2014 coronation of the Rey de la Alegria is a fantastic festive show dedicated to Carnival in Cuba. Adolfo Blanco "The Artist" has been named the 2014 Mazatlan King of Joy.
This is definitely going to be a Banda Bash, with musical entertainment by Chuy Lizarraga and his Banda Tierra Sinaloense, Banda de Mesillas, Grupo Punto Final, Los Horscopos de Durango and Jorge Cordero, Banda de Mesillas, Grupo Punto Final and Jorge Cordero.
Let the party begin!
Floral Games (Juegos Florales)
Concert and Coronation of the Queen of Juegos Florales (Floral Games) / Upcoming 2014 Mazatlan Carnival Events
Friday February 28, 2014 (8:30pm)
Estadio Teodoro Mariscal - Venados Stadium / 100 - 450 pesos
The big carnival concert -- and coronation of the Mazatlan Juegos Florales Queen -- is staged in the Mazatlan Venados baseball stadium.
Juegos Florales ("Floral Games") is always a well-attended event that centers on literature and culture.
Awards are given to contestants who have written the best "flowery verse", the top prize being the prestigious Clemencia Isaura Poetry Award, a nearly 70 year tradition of honoring the best unpublished work from anywhere in Mexico.
The Floral Games event is also where the Mazatlan Prize for the best literary work published in Mexico during the year that precedes the feast is delivered within the framework of the celebrations of Carnival. This literary award has gained great prestige within Mexico and internationally, with winners including well-known writers such as Ricardo Garibay, Elena Poniatowska, Hector Aguilar Camin, Juan Villoro and Jorge Volpi.
A concert caps the evening of entertainment at the Floral Games, and this year LE DIV4S headline the show.
This internationally acclaimed all-female group of young classically trained Italian sopranos perform innovative interpretations of famous opera highlights blending classical compositions with sophisticated pop rhythms and vibes.
LE DIV4S' intense live touring schedule in 2013 saw them perform allover the world including Bucarest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Kiel, Warsaw, Palma de Mallorca, Paris, Prague, Berlin,London, New York, Las Vegas, Toronto, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Beijing, Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai, Melbourne, Sydney, Taiwan and Kuala Lumpur -- as well as performing a parallel world concert schedule alongside Maestro Andrea Bocelli, their mentor since 2008!
A beautiful evening and a highly recommended way to begin Carnaval!
Video of LE DIV4S in concert
Reina del Carnaval (Carnival Queen) Coronation
2014 Reina del Carnavál (Carnival Queen) Coronation / Stadium Event / Upcoming 2014 Mazatlan Carnival Events
Saturday March 1, 2014 (8:30pm)
Estadio Teodoro Mariscal - Venados Stadium / 100 - 550 pesos
Carnaval Saturday evening festivities begin with the coronation of the Carnaval Queen at the Estadio Teodoro Mariscal / Venados Baseball Stadium.
The candidates for Carnaval Queen were Siu Ying Audelo, Ingrid Carreón, Daniela García, Lorena Lizárraga, Mizarahi Shobert, Fernanda Tirado, Marcela Valdez, Harriet Vázquez and Pamela de la Vega.
The strikingly beautiful Lorena Lizárraga Zatarian, pictured to the right, has been chosen to the 2014 Mazatlan Carnaval Queen!
The theme of the coronation is a tribute to Carnaval in Brazil, and Lorena Lizárraga will be crowned Queen amid a sea of joyous samba dancers evoking the great Carnivals celebrated in Rio, Sao Paulo and elsewhere in Brazil.
Video of the crowining of the 2013 Mazatlan Carnaval Queen
This carnival event traditionally includes a concert performance by a major Latin musical artist or group, and the 2014 coronation is no exception.
Sasha, Benny y Erik is a sizzling hot pop band with certified platinum albums in both 2012 and 2013 that has recently performed to sell-out crowds at the Auditorio Nacional (National Auditorium) in Mexico City.
Go to the stadium and watch the 2014 Mazatlan Carnaval Queen -- Reina del Carnavál -- receive her crown! Big-time fun!
Video of Sasha, Benny y Erik performing Cada Beso
Bad Mood Burning (Quema del Mal Humor)
Traditional Public Event / Upcoming 2014 Mazatlan Carnival Events
Saturday March 1, 2014 (About 9pm)
Olas Altas Malecon / Just 30 pesos general admission!
A traditional annual Mazatlan Carnaval ritual, the climax of Quema del Mal Humor (Bad Mood Burning) is the incineration of a giant puppet.
Sometimes modeled after an unpopular public figure, sometimes just someone famous, the effigy is hanged and burned -- think massive exploding flaming piñata on steroids.
It is believed that this ritual banishes ill-feeling from Mazatlan.
Quema del Mal Humor / Bad Mood Burning takes place Saturday night of Carnival Week after dark on the Malecon at Olas Altas Beach. The event is very festive and very well attended.
There is a small admission charge of 30 pesos, the same ticket price that applies to all of the events over carnival that are within the cordon around the Centro Historico.
Video of Bad Mood Burning / Quema del Mal Humor in Mazatlan
Naval Combat Fireworks (Combate Naval)
Fireworks at Olas Altas Beach / Upcoming 2014 Mazatlan Carnival Events
Saturday March 1, 2014 (Starts sometime after 10pm)
Olas Altas Malecon / Just 30 pesos general admission!
This fireworks show is a dramatization of the defense of Mazatlan during the French Colonial invasion of 1864.
The pyrotechnics and sounds evoke the cannon fire exchanged during the battle with the French warship La Cordeliere and the British war sloop Charybdis.
Traditional fireworks are now joined by the effects generated by light and laser shows, and this Mazatlan Carnaval fireworks show is arguably the most popular event staged at Olas Altas Beach during carnival.
Video of Combate Naval / Naval Combat fireworks display in Mazatlan
Inaugural Parade (Primer Desfile de Carnaval)
Parade up the Malecon / Upcoming 2014 Mazatlan Carnival Events
Sunday March 2, 2014 (Starts sometime after 5pm)
Olas Altas Beach to Valentino's / Free!
Arguably the most iconic and universally anticipated event within any Mazatlan Carnaval calendar, the Inaugural Parade -- sometimes referred to as carriage float parade -- that is held on Sunday is at the top of every list of recommended carnival attractions.
The Malecon between the Fisherman's Monument and Valentino's is transformed by the ocean of revelers that line the waterfront.
This parade is northbound starting at the Fisherman's Monument. Its sister parade on Tuesday flows south and returns the carriage floats to the Centro Historico.
Time-lapse video of the Carnaval 2012 Inaugural Parade! Very Cool!
Bullfight (Corrida de Toros)
Carnival Bullfight / Upcoming 2014 Mazatlan Carnival Events
Monday March 3, 2014 (4pm)
Plaza de Toros Monumentual / Avenida Buelna / Tickets around 200 pesos
As is the tradition in many places in Mexico, a bullfight is staged for carnival. Many North Americans have negative associations with bullfighting, but if you've never seen a bullfight you might want to consider going to one at the Mazatlan Carnaval.
The pomp, circumstance and costuming is breathtaking and -- quite unlike what most Americans and Canadians imagine -- there are quite complex rules, and the precise close-in horsemanship of the Picadors is remarkable. It is very helpful to have a Mexican friend or other bullfight aficionado along with you to get an explanation of what's happening!
Tickets to a bullfight in Mazatlan vary widely in price (shade-side or sun-side, high up or low down?), but good seats are not inexpensive. A note about starting times: don't be late if you want to see the whole show -- bullfights usually start on time!
Video of the 2013 Carnaval Mazatlan Bullfight
Coronation of the Child Queen (Reina Infantil)
Coronation Stadium Event / Upcoming 2014 Mazatlan Carnival Events
Monday March 3, 2014 (6:30pm)
Estadio Teodoro Mariscal - Venados Stadium / 100 - 500 pesos
The Child Queen (Reina Infantil) is an important part of carnival in Mazatlan, and her coronation is one big party suitable...for...a...queen!
The tradition of a Child Queen dates from 1921, and the modern event is staged at Estadio Teodoro Mariscal (Venados Baseball Stadium).
The theme of the coronation of the Child Queen in 2014 is a tribute to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and the Zuszet Guevara has been named Mazatlan 2014 Child Queen.
The festivities always include a concert by major international entertainers. In 2013 the musical artists were the band Reik, a very popular Mexican pop group from Mexicali.
This year's coronation will feature the gorgeous and very talented Belinda Peregrín Schüll (known professionally simply as Belinda), a Spanish-born Mexican pop singer, songwriter and actress.
Belinda, who is only 25 years old, has been famous in Latin America since she was 10 years old for her performances on telenovelas as a child-actress, has two Latin Grammys, and has sold over 12 million albums worldwide.
Belinda has also sold massively outside Latin America and north of the border, with 2 million albums sold in the United States alone.
Video of Belinda in concert
Banda at Olas Altas Beach!
Banda El Recodo and Los Recoditos in Concert / Upcoming 2014 Mazatlan Carnival Concerts
Monday March 3, 2014 (After Dark)
Olas Altas Malecon / 30 pesos general admission
Banda El Recodo and Los Recoditos are two of the most popular banda bands not only in Sinaloa, but throughout Mexico.
Banda El Recodo de Chuy Lizarraga defines the tradition of banda in Mexico: the band was formed in Maatlan in 1938 and is celebrating its' 75th anniversary with this carnival concert in Mazatlan!
Banda Los Recoditos -- formed in 1989 -- is more eclectic, looser and hipper than most banda bands and showcases a repetoire that mixes Latin dance tunes, jazz, swing, and traditional Mexican songs.
Banda El Recodo y Los Recoditos have huge followings among Mexico's banda fans.
This concert is being staged on the Malecon and the only cost is the 30 peso charge to enter the part of the Centro Historico where access is restricted during the Mazatlan Carnaval.
The best news? Banda El Recodo and Los Recoditos is playing again the following night -- Tuesday the 4th -- same time, same place, same 30 peso admission fee!
Festival of Lights Fireworks (Festival de la Luz)
Fireworks along the Malecon / Upcoming 2014 Mazatlan Carnival Events
Monday March 3, 2014 (10pm)
Avenida del Mar / Free!
The Festival de la Luz fireworks show in Mazatlan is unique.
This massive fireworks display is staged all along Avenida del Mar, and draws uncountable numbers of spectators.
The Festival of Lights fireworks in Mazatlan are only rivaled by Rio, New Orleans and Veracruz for the scale and impact of the fireworks display!
Video of Festival de la Luz Carnaval Fireworks in Mazatlan
Second Parade (Segundo Desfile de Carnaval)
Parade down the Malecon / Upcoming 2014 Mazatlan Carnival Events
Tuesday March 4, 2014 (Starts about 4pm)
Starts at the Aquarium and proceeds south along the Malecon / Free!
The closing parade marks the beginning of the end of the Mazatlan carnival.
Segundo Desfile de Carnaval -- the second and final parade of the Carnaval season -- starts at the Mazatlan Aquarium and flows south along the Malecon to the edge of the Centro Historico.
Far from a time of sadness, this last evening of revelry matches anything the preceded it, and the party continues long into the night!
Mazatlan Carnaval for first-time visitors
A large portion of the concerts and musical events at carnival take place on the Malecon at Olas Altas beach and in the Centro Historico adjacent to it.
Carnival 2013 featured nearly twenty bands playing nightly throughout carnaval week from 6pm til 4am!
Admission to the areas where the bands are playing is restricted, but tickets that allow you to roam the entire space and see all the bands and other performers are just 30 pesos and do not need to be purchased in advance -- you just buy them at the fence.
Tickets for major Mazatlan Carnival events are purchased at the Angela Peralta ticket office -- even the events in Teodoro Mariscal / Venados Stadium.
Angela Peralta Theater box office hours are from 9am until 3pm and 5pm to 7pm. A ticket kiosk outside the theatre at the edge of Plaza Machado is open from 10am until 1pm and 3pm to 8pm.
Carnaval tickets are also available at kiosk in La Gran Plaza from 11am to 8pm every day.
Spectacular fireworks play a big part in Mazatlan Carnival celebrations, with the two largest being staged on the Saturday night of carnival (Combate Naval) and Monday night (Festival de la Luz).
In recent years the traditional fireworks shows have been augmented with modern technology -- lights and lasers -- as well as music.
No person is more central to Carnaval in Mazatlan than the Queen.
The first two Mazatlan carnivals -- 1898 and 1899 -- were presided over by an Ugly King (Rey Feo), a buffoon-like character. But that changed permanently in 1900 when a lovely North American named Wilfrida Farmer became the first Queen of Carnaval.
The beautiful Queen is now paired with Rey de la Alegría (King of Joy -- Rey Feo was re-named in 1965) who remains a part of the festival but is certainly not its superstar!
Early parades were simple affairs -- people on bicycles, some costumes, some acoustic music. The modern Mazatlan Carnival parade is far from that, and incorporates all manner of sound systems, lights, costuming and glitter.
Parades are a very big part of Carnaval in Mazatlan -- as they are for carnival celebrations throughout the world -- and the floats, dancers and marchers in Mazatlan are world-class.
Carnival in Mazatlan is without a doubt one of the most vibrant celebrations in Mexico, and well-worth a trip to Mazatlan. Visit the 2014 Mazatlan Carnaval, experience the excitement and form memories that you will hold dear for the rest of your life!
The 2013 Carnaval from CulturaMazatlanTV
History of Carnaval in Mazatlan
The tradition of mid-winter festivals in Mazatlan is as old as the city itself, with masquerades and feasts referenced from the time of the earliest setters in the early 1800s.
It is suggested by some historians that these festivals originally reflected the traditions of the indigenous population -- with some Spanish influence, much like the melding of early religeous practices. These celebrations are noted as early as 1823, immediately after the Spanish parliament opened our port to international commerce and the first seagoing vessels began to visit Mazatlan.
Though "Carnaval" was noted in Mazatlan as early as 1848 -- it was mentioned in the Mazatlan newspaper La Lechuza -- it wasn’t until 50 years later than the event took its present form as a week-long multi-event blow-out complete with parades, floats, social events and an official King and Queen.
The very end of the 1800s -- 1898 to be exact -- marks when Mazatlan officially embraced the Mardi Gras tradition of Carnival, and there has been no turning back from this massive annual public party!
History notes that the early Mazatlan Carnivals -- pre 1898 -- were informal and often somewhat vulgar.
Women threw flour and hollow eggshells (cascarones) filled with glitter, and men responding by tossing ashes and dyes at the women.
These earliest Mazatlan Carnavals also included mock battles where rival groups -- dock workers and market workers -- shouted insults and taunts and threw rocks at eachother.
But in 1898 civic leaders headed by Dr. Martiniano Carvajal and a committee with an international flavor -- it supposedly included an Irishman, a German, a Spaniard and an Italian -- organized a parade made up of carriages and bicycles "to eradicate the immoral flour and replace it with the pure and more restrained confetti."
The event was focused within Plaza Machado and the nearby Centro Historico streets, but rapidly, carnival spilled out of the Centro Historico and spread north from Olas Altas Beach up Paseo Claussen.
The parades and events of the modern Mazatlan Carnaval now stretch north of the Golden Zone and into neighborhoods inland from the Malecon and, while todays Carnaval may not involve tossing flour, it is hardly restrained!
Mardi Gras in Mazatlan is one of the biggest and best bashes anywhere in the Americas that sees thousands of costumed revellers thronging the Malecon and beaches.
The modern Mazatlan Carnaval combines the best of traditional carnivals with the excitement of modern technology -- each evening of Carnival Week the Malecon, Olas Altas Beach and the Centro Historico become the perfect stage for this singing and dancing Bacchanalia, with parades, outdoor concerts, fireworks, sound and light shows and beer for everyone stretching farther north than the eye can see!
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