Starting on March 3rd until March 8, Mazatlán will celebrate the 113th International Carnaval. This Mardi Gras style street celebration is one of the largest festivals on the Mexican Pacific, and perhaps one of the oldest. It reenergizes this quiet and calm city annually with events, live music, dancing, entertainment and traditional costumes, and envelopes the neoclassical downtown with a cheery and vibrant parade. Carnaval has been celebrated for over one hundred years but is still a spectacular affair.
This all day fiesta will attract local and international participants and will be the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the world, placing after New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro. With cruise ships returning to ports and hotels filling up, Carnaval is this Pacific resort city's most attended annual event and might attract as many as 400,000 revelers.
The celebration has scheduled parades, special shows, and the coronation of La Reina de Carnaval, Queen of Carnaval. Expect a number of stages and booths with continuous music like tropicale, mariachi, rock, and nortea, as well as food vendors, outrageous costumes, and all-night dancing.
Traditionally held the week before lent, this historic celebration traces its roots to a public street festival held over a century ago. Symbolizing transition and transformation, it has grown into a full scale celebration. Though it is less crowded than Rio and certainly less obnoxious than the French Quarter, Mazatlan's Carnaval is one of the most widely anticipated events for Mexican tourists.