Officially inaugurated more than one-hundred years ago, the Mazatlán Carnival is the third largest carnival celebration on earth. This enduring Mardi Gras-style festival attracts thousands of travelers each year with its promise of dazzlingly inventive costumes and crowd-pleasing fireworks, terrific street entertainment, and delicious traditional food fare.
Crowds begin to gather in the Centro Historico and along the Mazatlán Malecon, the picturesque pedestrian boardwalk marked by palm trees, artistic sculptures and the spray of the ocean. The theme for 2017’s Mazatlán Carnival is De Alebrijes y Dragones (Spanish for Of Alebrijes and Dragons). Alebrijes are a colorful member of Mexico’s folk art heritage, with a cat’s eyes, the body of a serpent, and sharp teeth. This year’s parade is sure to include these legendary creatures and many others.
Don’t miss Carnival Week! Save these dates in your calendar: Thursday, February 23rd through Tuesday, February 28th.