Merida Carnaval 2012 - (February 15th - 22nd)
Merida's Carnaval is one of the four most important in Mexico and one of the 12 main Carnavals in all Latin America. Famous for its family friendly atmosphere, people of all ages from children to senior citizens are welcome to participate in the Carnaval. Besides the floats and parades, there are activities ranging from concerts to artistic performances.
The Carnaval in Merida lasts one week from February 15th to February 22nd. Carnaval is to Mexicans what Mardi Gras is to Americans. Beginning with the crowning of the Carnival King and Queen and ending on Ash Wednesday with the funeral of "Juan Carnaval".
The Carnaval is a celebration for the Roman god Momo. Both the King and Queen of the Carnaval participate in the burning of the bad moods by burning a life size doll that represents the bad moods.
Schedule for Merida Carnival 2012
Friday February 3rd King and Queen of the Carnaval Coronation. It is also the night when the parade floats are presented.
Saturday February 11th Comparsas Contest
Wednesday February 15th Burning of the bad mood
Thursday February 16th Children’s Parade
Friday February 17th Corso Parade
Saturday February 18th Fantasy Parade
Sunday February 19th Party Parade
Monday February 20th Regional Parade
Tuesday February 21st Battle of the Flowers Parade
Wednesday February 22nd Burning of Juan Carnaval
The parade route starts at the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo, then heads South ending up at the San Juna Park. Along the route you will find stands selling food and beverages.
Want to see what's coming next? go to March program