Talking about carnival, typically cities like Rio de Janeiro or Venice come to mind. But don’t underestimate Cozumel’s carnival, one of Mexico’s most spectacular.
In case you want to stay local, Playa del Carmen carnival is growing bigger and more popular every year. This year it’s held from February 4th to 9th, with colorful parades and a huge event on the Plaza Municipal. The parade rolls on the 10th avenue, from Juarez to Constituyentes, with spectacular floats, and people in costumes dancing to cheerful rhythms.
But if you really want to dive into Caribbean carnival feeling, visit Cozumel. Its carnival is the oldest on the Yucatan peninsula and the island biggest event. This year the Caribbean island turns into a cheerful mix of madness, parades, and parties from February 3rd to 9th. But pre-carnival activities already started in early January, with warm-up parties and Cozumel’s inhabitants electing their carnival kings and queens. Their coronation is celebrated on the first day of carnival, followed by dazzling parades along Cozumel’s coastline.
After the parades, the party goes on until the wee hours of the morning, with people battling in dancing competitions, showing off their gorgeous costumes and bands playing live music throughout all downtown Cozumel. Expect thousands of locals and tourists dancing and partying on Cozumel’s streets, to the music of top bands from Mexico and Latin America.
If you plan to visit Cozumel’s carnival, note that the biggest parades are on the evenings of Saturday and Sunday, which is February 6 and 7, and of course the final parade on Fat Tuesday, February 9, 2016. The carnival officially ends with the burning of “Juan Carnaval” after the final parade.
In a nutshell, get your ferry ticket already to Cozumel and sway your hips to the tropical rhythms!