Mazatlán has the 3rd largest Carnival in the world with celebrations going on for over a century. Join in the festivities from February 16-21, 2012 with activities that combine fiesta, cultural and artistic events. Mazatlán’s International Carnival is a seven day, multi-event celebration filled with live music, folklore, dance, entertainment and costumes depicting indigenous traditions, where people of all ages gather to join in celebration.
Watch the colorful parades along the oceanfront, view the “navy battle” fireworks, and celebrate the coronation of the festival’s King and Queen. Combine this family-friendly experience with fabulous beaches and warm weather for an incredible getaway.
Carnival activities include:
Fireworks: On Saturday evening the harbor skies will glow with stunning fireworks displays, the air filled with the sights and sounds of the laser show, Naval Combat, a re-creation of the harbor’s successful defense against French invasion by Mexican forces. The pyrotechnic sounds simulate cannon fire exchanged over sea and land during the battle between the people of Mazatlán and the French man-of-war, “Le Cordeliere.”
Parades: The most highly-anticipated event of the Carnival of Mazatlan is the carriage float parade, which takes place on Sunday. The waterfront is transformed into a sea of thousands, Mazatleco families and visitors gathering to enjoy the parade of fantasies conceived by carriage float creator Rigoberto Lewis.
The second parade celebration takes place the following Tuesday, when Mazatlecans bid farewell to the procession as the carriages travel the waterfront line southwards. In this second parade, the Royal Court, Joy characters, thematic groups and other participants join together in a multi-colored swath through the Carnival zone along the Paseo de Olas Altas.
Crowning of the King of Joy: In its early origins the Carnival included the election of the Ugly King, the male protagonist of the Carnival festivities. Since 1965, the title of Sovereign was changed to King of Joy, reaffirming the positive spirit underlying Carnival.
Crowning of the Queen of Floral Games: Each year, the creative intelligence of poets receive homage during the Floral Games of the Carnival, in a multiple consecration event. A Poet Laureate crowns the Queen, who in turn delivers the Natural Flower and Poetry prizes. The Clemencia Isaura Poetry Award has since 1937 also occupied a prominent place in the Carnival agenda.
Crowning of the Queen of Carnival: Perhaps the most anxiously-awaited event of the city-harbor is the competition for the most beautiful among a stunningly beautiful class of competitors. The winner becomes the icon of the Carnival after a stringent competition in which grace, appearance, intelligence and beauty are a must in winning this coveted distinction.
Crowning of the Child Queen: The Crowning of the Child Queen takes place on Monday. Its origins are traced to 1921, the ritual since then repeated annually. There will be performances by popular nationally-known singers.
Pacific International Beauty Queen: The participation of the Queens from Central and South America and the United States adds an international flavor to the Carnival festivities. The visiting beauties participate in the spectacular Carnival parades, and also compete for the title of Pacific International Queen.
Children’s Grand Ball: The Children’s Grand Ball provides the children of the city-harbor a festive space especially designed for them. Escorted by their parents, the children engage in a test of their imaginative skills in the Funny Costume Contest, donning costumes of their own design in a high-spirited pageant of joyful competition.
Bad Mood Burning: A symbolic ritual accomplished by the incineration of a marionette, the Bad Mood Burning (or “Quema de Mal Humor”) vanquishes all ill feelings from the Mazatlan shores.
Stay: El Cid Resorts is offering special room rates during Carnival. They own resorts and golf properties, so there is one that will be a perfect choice for your stay. Mazatlán Carnival package includes:
- Up to 50% off at their 3 Resorts
- 2 Kids 12 & Under Stay and Eat Free
- Mardi Gras Gift Basket with gala masks, party beads and more
- $600 Resort Credit Coupon Book
Read about additional things to see and do in Mazatlan.
Getting there: Fly from San Francisco to Mazatlan in just under 5 hours, where you can be on the beach the same afternoon. Alaska Airlines and US Airways offer flight and hotel packages.
©Karla Erovick 2012 article
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