Mazatlán Carnival 2024, the Ultimate Fiesta Showdown

Mazatlán's 2024 Carnival is a whirlwind of glitter and grandeur. From dazzling parades to literary feasts, it's a three-month fiesta. Ten queens, four kings, and a sea of confetti await. Get ready to samba in the streets! 🎭🎉

Mazatlán Carnival 2024, the Ultimate Fiesta Showdown
A kaleidoscope of colors floods Del Mar Avenue as the Carnival parade dances through the heart of Mazatlán. Credit: Conociendo Mazatlán

Hold onto your sombreros, Mazatlán! The city is about to explode in a riot of color, music, and pure unadulterated fun as the Mazatlán International Carnival 2024 kicks off on Saturday, December 9. We've got the inside scoop on all the dazzling events that will keep you shaking your maracas for the next three months. ¡Vamos!

👑 December: The Queen's Grand Entrance 👑

On December 9, the Carnival takes to the streets, beginning its dance at 4:30 pm on Francisco Solis Avenue. It's not just a parade; it's a rhythmic spectacle of glitter and glamour, promising to be more fabulous than your abuela's secret salsa recipe. The first count at Francisco Villa square at 6:00 pm will leave you breathless, eagerly awaiting what the rest of the carnival has in store.

💃 January: Carnival Catwalks into the New Year 💃

The second demonstration on January 12 is like a prelude to a blockbuster movie – starting from the Aquarium and strutting its stuff all the way to República square at 4:00 pm. But hold onto your confetti because the real showstopper is on January 19 at Plazuela República at 4:00 pm with the final count. The tension is building, and we can almost taste the excitement.

And what better way to usher in the royalty than on January 20 at the Ángela Peralta Theater at 7:00 pm with the Election of Queens? It's a regal affair, and the glamour is contagious. Don't blame us if you find yourself practicing your royal wave in front of the mirror.

📚 February: A Carnival Feast for the Arts and the Soul 🎨

February kicks off with the intellectual feast of the Mazatlán Literature Award Presentation on the 2nd at 4:00 pm. Who says Carnival is all about glitter and sequins? Get ready to be enchanted by the written word.

The evening of the Arts at the Ángela Peralta Theater on February 3 at 8:00 pm is like the Oscars of Mazatlán, where culture and talent take center stage. Red carpet, anyone?

But let's not forget the crowning glory! February 8 marks the Coronation of the King of Carnival at the Teodoro Mariscal Stadium at 7:30 pm, followed by the Queen of the Floral Games at 8:30 pm. It's not just a coronation; it's a dazzling spectacle that would put even a royal wedding to shame.

And the grand finale on February 10 at the Teodoro Mariscal Stadium at 6:30 pm with the Coronation of the Carnival Queen is the most important item. Brace yourself for the Burning of the Humorous Sea at 9:00 pm and the Naval Combat at 11:00 pm. We're not sure what those are, but they sound epic, and we're all in.

🎭 Sunday to Tuesday: The Carnival Crescendo 🎉

The carnival fever doesn't stop! On Sunday, February 11, the first Carnival parade takes over Del Mar Avenue at 5:30 pm, and the city turns into a pulsating sea of colors. But that's not all – there's a Children's Dance at the Spectacular Ballroom on Monday at 10:00 am because even our little amigos need to get in on the action.

And just when you think it's over, the second Carnival parade hits Del Mar Avenue on Tuesday at 4:00 pm. It's a double whammy of carnival goodness, and we're here for it.

👑 The Royal Lineup: Who Will Wear the Crowns? 👑

With 10 candidates vying for the crown of Carnival Queen and Queen of the Floral Games, two pint-sized contenders for Child Queen, and four hopefuls for Carnival King, the competition is fierce. Who will emerge victorious and rule over the kingdom of carnival? The anticipation is palpable, and Mazatlán is buzzing with excitement.

Get ready to samba, Mazatlán! The International Carnival is about to sweep you off your feet, leaving you with memories as colorful as the confetti-strewn streets. Let the countdown to the carnival chaos begin. 🎊🎉