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2016 Mazatlan Carnival Schedule

Mazatlán Carnival Queens from 1900
to 2015!


1900
Wilfrida Farmer

1901
Adela Abasolo

1902
Guadalupe Maldonado

1903
Carnival was not held as a result of an outbreak of bubonic plague

1905
María del Refugio Munguía

1906
Carnival was not held because of
a lack of funds


1908
Adela Abasolo

1909
Elvira Rivas

1910
Guadalupe Savin

1911
Teresa Lewells

1912
Carnival was not held as a result of a widespread outbreak of smallpox

1913
Elena Coppel Rivas

1914
Margarita Labastida

1915
Carnival was not held because of a lack
of funds and the disruption of the
Mexican Revolution


1916
Carnival was not held because of a lack
of funds and the disruption of the
Mexican Revolution


1917
Susana Beltrán

1918
María Luisa Coppel

1919
María Urriolagoitia

1920
Ernestina Vargas

1921
Laura Arcéluz

1922
Adelaida Ortega

1923
Carmen G. Sarabia

1924
Concepción Vega Millán

1925
Martha de Cima

1926
Julieta González

1927
Carmen Gibsone

1928
María Alvarado

1929
Julieta González

1930
Bertha Urriolagoitia

1931
María Emilia Milán

1932
Josefina Laveaga

1933
María Teresa Tirado

1934
Beatriz Blancarte

1935
Bertha Ruffo

1936
Adela Bohner

1937
Venancia Arregui

1938
Amelia Ernestina Duhagón

1939
Alicia Haas M.

1940
Isabel Coppel

1941
Adelina Marín

1942
Gloria Arregui

1943
Laura Elena Venegas

1944
Lucila Medrano

1945
Gloria Pérez Echegaray

1946
Gloria Osuna

1947
Rosa María Olmeda

1948
Cuquita Cruz

1949
Anita Osuna

1950
Olga Otañez Elenes

1951
Charito Barraza

1952
Dora González Guereña

1953
Emilia Carreón Cornejo

1954
Teresa Olga Osuna Righetti

1955
Teresa Gómez Millán Tirado

1956
Lupita Rosa Bastidas

1957
Rosa María Osuna Righetti

1958
Anabella González Guereña

1959
Martha Cecilia Tirado Almada

1960
Lupita Rosete Aragón

1961
Anita de Rueda Alatorre

1962
Isela Wong Ramos

1963
Lucina Rosete Aragón

1964
Lupita Osuna

1965
Martha Rochín

1966
Laura Fárber Loaiza

1967
Vicky Tirado Almada

1968
Irma Tirado Canizalez

1969
Adelina Alvarez Sandoval

1970
Libia Zulema López Montemayor

1971
Rosa María Nafarrate Cañedo

1972
Elvira Gloria Torrero

1973
Gabriela Rivera Unger

1974
María Teresa Bastidas L.

1975
Yolanda de Rueda Alatorre

1976
Eleonora Margarita Aguilar

1977
María de los Angeles Torres

1978
Perla González García

1979
Patricia Gorostiza Nelson

1980
Ana Isabel Magdaleno Alarcón

1981
Gladys del Carmen Sánchez Palomares

1982
Rocío Molina Malacón

1983
María Teresa Osuna Valdés

1984
Elizabeth Carrillo Iturrios

1985
Laura Almada Valdéz

1986
Laila Rodríguez Bosch

1987
Katia Hahn Ramírez

1988
Rebeca Barros de Cima

1989
María del Rosario Simancas Espinoza

1990
Rocío del Carmen Lizárraga Lizárraga

1991
Leticia Arellano Rentería

1992
Kathia Berenice Morales Luna

1993
Amina Blancarte Tirado

1994
Celia Gloria Chávez Carrasco

1995
Lissy María Bernal Osuna

1996
Abris Ileana Tiznado Magaña

1997
Linda de Rueda Cevallos

1998
Claudia Yahaira Osuna Chiquete

1999
Lai Hing Audelo Chio

2000
Pamela Farriols López

2001
Estrella Palacios

2002
Rocío Sarahí Osuna Solero

2003
Adriana Berenice Ramírez Tirado

2004
Miriam Jazmín Bayardo

2005
Alexia Medrano Henderson

2006
Ana Carolina Escobar Arámburo

2007
Lucia Aikens Sánchez

2008
Olga Rodríguez Koniukh

2009
Wendy Ponce Peraza

2010
Astrid Macías Fregoso

2011
Abigaíl García García

2012
Karla Álvarez Centeno

2013
Karen Cabrales

2014
Lorena Lizárraga

2015
Rocío Uribe de Santiago

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Mazatlan Carnaval themes from
1943 to 2015


1943
Carnaval de la victoria

1962
Mare, amore e fantasía

1963
Fantasía en la riviera

1964
Fantasía oriental

1965
No tema oficial fue anunciada
para el carnaval

1966
No tema oficial fue anunciada
para el carnaval

1967
Fantasía de otros tiempos

1968
La vuelta al mundo en pos de la alegría

1969
Carrousel de fantasía europea

1970
El mayor espectáculo sobre la tierra (las comedias musicales)

1971
Las mil y una fantasías

1972
Había una vez... (largo viaje hacia
la fábula y la leyenda)

1973
Las grandes joyas de la canción

1974
Al compás de la ilusión (las películas
de ayer, hoy y siempre)

1975
La alegría es el color del mundo

1976
Noches de Mazatlán

1977
Mil rostros tiene la danza

1978
Un almanaque de aventuras

1979
Mascarada, amor y fantasía

1980
El esplendor de cinco continentes

1981
El maravilloso mundo de la fantasía

1982
Fantasía de los siete mares

1983
Música, amor y serpentinas

1984
El deslumbrante reino del espectáculo

1985
Un brindis al pasado

1986
Donde los sueños se hacen realidad

1987
El oro de la fantasía

1988
Las maravillas del mundo

1989
Hollywood inolvidable

1990
Si lo supiera Versalles

1991
Que me siga la tambora

1992
Viva América

1993
Del mito al mitote

1994
Mazatlán de mis recuerdos

1995
Fiestas y tradiciones de México

1996
Los orígenes

1997
La evolución

1998
El primer siglo

1999
Vientos de Epopeya

2000
Carnaval del Milenio

2001
Y Que Suene la Música

2002
Pasión Por los Carnavales

2003
Luces, Cámara, Tradición

2004
Gloria y Esplendor

2005
Al Calor de Su Gente

2006
Espíritus de Mar y Viento

2007
Hechizos de Puerto Viejo

2008
Historias Lejanas

2009
Fantasía Universal

2010
¡Con fervor patrio!

2011
El retorno de las musas

2012
La fiesta de los imperios

2013
La linterna mágica

2014
Litoralia: La piel del mar

2015
Los sueños de Momo

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2016 Mazatlan Carnival recommendations
Mazatlán Carnaval 2016! español
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Schedule of Events | News | Carnival Tips | History of Carnival Mazatlan!

Carnival King Coronation | Floral Games | Carnival Queen Coronation

Bad Mood Burning | Naval Combat Fireworks | Inaugural Parade

Child Queen Coronation | Banda at Playa Olas Altas!

Festival of Lights Fireworks | Final Parade

Mazatlan Carnival Performers Olas AltasDid I hear you say you want to party?

Keep the dates February 4 until February 9, 2016 open -- that's Carnival Week!

Carnival was officially inaugurated here in 1898, and those lucky enough to visit during the week before Lent are treated to the modern Mazatlan Carnaval, the third largest carnival celebration in the world. One of the most enduring of Mazatlan tourist attractions, the upcoming 2016 Mazatlan Carnaval, centered on the Malecon, will continue the 118 year tradition and attract hundreds of thousands of people from all around the world.

Mazatlan Carnival 2013 MaleconThis multi-day Mardi Gras celebration features parades, fireworks, live music, delicious food and great street entertainment set on the picturesque Mazatlan Malecon oceanfront, within the Centro Historico and at other locations throughout Mazatlan.

The complete 2016 Mazatlan Carnival Event Schedule is still slightly tentative for now. The dates, times and ticket prices of the biggest traditional events and major shows are listed below based upon the 2015 Carnival schedule, and are unlikely to change very much, if at all.

Buying 2016 Mazatlán Carnaval event tickets

Tickets for all 2016 Carnival events -- including events held at the Venados baseball stadium -- will be on sale after New Year at the Angela Peralta ticket office in the Centro Historico from 9am until 3pm and from 5pm until 7pm.

A kiosk outside the Angela Peralta Theater in Plaza Machado also sells Carnival event tickets from 10am until 1pm and from 3pm until 8pm.

Another option is to buy 2016 Carnival event tickets at the kiosk within the Gran Plaza Mall which will be open from 11am until 8pm after New Year.

2016 Mazatlán Carnaval News
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Carnival in Mazatlan isn't just about Carnaval Week, it involves an entire year of preparation that becomes heated in the Fall as the holidays draw near and carnival does not seem so far away, and begins to glow white-hot during the holidays and after new year.

In a very real sense, the 2016 Mazatlan Carnaval has already begun!

Countdown to Ecstasy

Early November, 2015
Announcement of the Carnaval theme and candidates


In early November before Carnival the carnival committee announces the theme of the upcoming carnival and the candidates for Queen, King and Child Queen. Exact date, time and announcement location to be announced in early Fall.

Friday January 15, 2016 / 4pm / Free!
2016 Mazatlan Carnaval Parade preview / Manifestación de Mazatlán


Get the first look at what you can expect when you go to the Inaugural Parade / Primer Desfile de Carnaval on February 7, 2016!

An annual tradition, the Manifestación de Mazatlán mini-parade is very much for the people of Mazatlan, not tourists that visit just for Carnaval.

Starting at the Mazatlan Aquarium, its route winds through neighborhoods north and east of the Centro Historico, rather than along the Malecon, and ends at Plaza de la Republica.


Friday January 22, 2016 / 6pm / Free!
Cómputo Final, the selection of the Queen finalists


Held in a festive atmosphere full of music at Plaza de la Republica, Cómputo Final announces the Queen-candidate finalists -- a heartbreaking end for those who don't make the cut, but just the start of two weeks of excitement and tension for those who are selected!

Visit the Plaza de la Republica and be one of the first to see the 2016 Mazatlan Carnaval Queen -- whoever she may be!


Saturday January 23, 2016 / 7pm / 250 - 450 pesos
Elección de Reinas, the final contest for Carnaval Queen candidates


Have you ever enjoyed watching the Miss America Pageant? If so, the Eleccion de Reinas event at the Angela Peralta Theater just might be a Carnaval event that you need to attend!

Packed with fun musical numbers, lavish costumes and, of course, important questions from the judges like what would you wish for if you only had one wish?

Elección de Reinas is the last chance for Queen-candidates to impress the judges who will decide which contestant becomes the 2016 Mazatlan Carnaval Queen. If you visit the Angela Peralta Theater on January 23 you can decide for yourself!


Saturday January 30, 2016 / 8pm / 250 - 500 pesos
Velada de las Artes, the Evening of the Arts special performances


The Evening of the Arts is a special annual performance staged at the Angela Peralta Theater the Friday before to Carnival.

Sponsored by Cultura Mazatlan, in 2015 this exciting event was conducted by Maestro Enrique Patron de Reuda, and featured performances by Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes (OSSLA).

Velada de las Artes starts at 8pm, and tickets range from 250 pesos to 500 pesos. Tickets available at the Angela Peralta ticket office.


Thursday February 4, 2016 / 2pm - 7pm / Free!
Muestra Gastronómica food festival at Plaza Machado


The run-up to the main events of Carnaval week in Mazatlan begin at Plaza Machado at about 2pm Thursday with Muestra Gastronomica, a fun outdoor food fest staged in the heart of the Centro Historico.

Restaurants located on and near the plaza prepare all sorts of special munchies and traditional Sinaloan dishes. It makes a great place to relax into Carnaval and get ready for the coronation of the King of Joy just a couple of blocks away on the Olas Altas Malecon at 7:30pm.

Muestra Gastronomica continues every afternoon during carnival.


Thursday February 4, 2016 / 7:30pm / 500 pesos
Annual Masquerade Ball / Baile de Fantasía


The annual Carnaval Mazatlan costume ball marks the start of Carnival nightlife.

Featuring beautiful ambassador-queens from many countries, these women compete for the honor of riding on floats in the inaugural and end of Carnival parades.

Tickets for this event, held at Terraza Las Pargos (Chamelta 230 / Playa Sur), can be purchased at the Angela Peralta Theater ticket office, the ticket kiosk at Plaza Machado or the kiosk at the Gran Plaza Mall.

Filled with music, dancing and wonderful food, this is a Carnival event not to be missed -- unless you need to be at the Carnival King Coronation, which is held at Olas Altas Beach at the same time...


Schedule of 2016 Carnaval Events
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Carnival King Coronation | Floral Games | Carnival Queen Coronation

Bad Mood Burning | Naval Combat Fireworks | Inaugural Parade

Child Queen Coronation | Banda at Playa Olas Altas!

Festival of Lights Fireworks | Final Parade


King of Joy (Rey de la Alegria) Coronation
2016 King of Joy (Rey de la Alegria) Coronation / Upcoming 2016 Mazatlan Carnival Events

Thursday February 4, 2016 (7:30pm)
Olas Altas Malecon / Just 40 pesos general admission!


King of Joy coronationWhile most people think of carnival in Mazatlan as beginning on Friday, the festivities actually start on Thursday. All day Thursday the 4th the Muestra Gastronómica -- food fest -- will be underway in Plaza Machado, and after dark the King of Joy will be crowned on the Malecon overlooking Olas Altas Beach and the Sea of Cortez.

Rey de la Alegria, the King of Joy, is the modern name for the El Rey Feo, the Ugly King.

All the way back to the first official Mazatlan carnivals in 1898 and 1899, this carnaval character was El Rey Feo. In a strikingly modern attempt at politically correct speech he was re-named the King of Joy in 1965.

To some degree the re-branding didn't really stick: many older Mazatlecos still refer to him as Rey Feo...

In 2015 the Mazatlan King's coronation was definitely a Banda Bash, with musical entertainment by Germán Montero and Chapo de Sinaloa!

Let the party begin!


Video of the crowining of the 2014 Mazatlan
Carnaval King




Floral Games (Juegos Florales)
Concert and Coronation of the Queen of Juegos Florales (Floral Games) / Upcoming 2016 Mazatlan Carnival Events

Friday February 5, 2016 (8:30pm)
Estadio Teodoro Mariscal - Venados Stadium / 300 - 700 pesos


Floral Games Queen coronationThe big carnival concert -- and coronation of the Mazatlan Juegos Florales Queen -- is staged in the Mazatlan Venados baseball stadium.

Juegos Florales ("Floral Games") is always a well-attended event that centers on literature and culture.

Awards are given to contestants who have written the best "flowery verse", the top prize being the prestigious Clemencia Isaura Poetry Award, a nearly 70 year tradition of honoring the best unpublished work from anywhere in Mexico.

The Floral Games event is also where the Mazatlan Prize for the best literary work published in Mexico during the year that precedes the feast is delivered within the framework of the celebrations of Carnival. This literary award has gained great prestige within Mexico and internationally, with winners including well-known writers such as Ricardo Garibay, Elena Poniatowska, Hector Aguilar Camin, Juan Villoro and Jorge Volpi.

A concert caps the evening of entertainment at the Floral Games.

The Floral Games are a beautiful evening, and a highly recommended way to begin Carnaval!


Crowning of the Queen of the 2014 Mazatlan Juegos Florales video



Reina del Carnaval (Carnival Queen) Coronation
2016 Reina del Carnavál (Carnival Queen) Coronation / Stadium Event / Upcoming 2016 Mazatlan Carnival Events

Saturday February 6, 2016 (6:30pm)
Estadio Teodoro Mariscal / 200 - 1,500 pesos (Gold Zone)


Carnival Queen coronationCarnaval Saturday evening festivities begin with the coronation of the Carnaval Queen at the Estadio Teodoro Mariscal / Venados Baseball Stadium.

The strikingly beautiful Rocío Uribe de Santiago was chosen 2015 Mazatlan Carnaval Queen, and reigns until the 2016 Queen is crowned!





Video of the crowining of the 2014 Mazatlan
Carnaval Queen




This carnival event traditionally includes a concert performance by a major Latin musical artist or group.

The coronation of the 2015 Carnival Queen coronation featured a musical performance by the amazing Marco Antonio Solís ("El Buki"), a world-famous Latin Grammy award winning singer, composer and record producer.

Go to the stadium and watch the 2016 Mazatlan Carnaval Queen -- Reina del Carnavál -- receive her crown! Big-time fun!


Video of Marco Antonio Solis, Viva el Amor (Live)



Bad Mood Burning
(Quema del Mal Humor)

Traditional Public Event / Upcoming 2016 Mazatlan Carnival Events

Saturday February 6, 2016 (9pm)
Olas Altas Malecon / Just 40 pesos general admission!


Bad Mood Burning preparationsA traditional annual Mazatlan Carnaval ritual, the climax of Quema del Mal Humor (Bad Mood Burning) is the incineration of a giant puppet.

Sometimes modeled after an unpopular public figure, sometimes just someone famous, the effigy is hanged and burned -- think massive exploding flaming piñata on steroids.

Bad Mood Burning on TVIt is believed that this ritual banishes ill-feeling from Mazatlan.

Quema del Mal Humor / Bad Mood Burning takes place Saturday night of Carnival Week after dark on the Malecon at Olas Altas Beach. The event is very festive and very well attended.

There is a small admission charge of 30 pesos, the same ticket price that applies to all of the events over carnival that are within the cordon around the Centro Historico.


Video of Bad Mood Burning / Quema del Mal Humor
in Mazatlan




Naval Combat Fireworks
(Combate Naval)

Fireworks at Olas Altas Beach / Upcoming 2016 Mazatlan Carnival Events

Saturday February 6, 2016 (10:30pm)
Olas Altas Malecon / Free along the Malecon!


This fireworks show is a dramatization of the defense of Mazatlan during the French Colonial invasion of 1864.

The pyrotechnics and sounds evoke the cannon fire exchanged during the battle with the French warship La Cordeliere and the British war sloop Charybdis.

Traditional fireworks are now joined by the effects generated by light and laser shows, and this Mazatlan Carnaval fireworks show is arguably the most popular event staged at Olas Altas Beach during carnival.


Video of Combate Naval / Naval Combat fireworks display in Mazatlan



Inaugural Parade
(Primer Desfile de Carnaval)

Parade up the Malecon / Upcoming 2016 Mazatlan Carnival Events

Sunday February 7, 2016 (5:30pm)
Olas Altas Beach to Valentino's / Free!


Mazatlan Carnival Inaugural ParadeArguably the most iconic and universally anticipated event within any Mazatlan Carnaval calendar, the Inaugural Parade -- sometimes referred to as carriage float parade -- that is held on Sunday is at the top of every list of recommended carnival attractions.

The Malecon between the Fisherman's Monument and Valentino's is transformed by the ocean of revelers that line the waterfront.

This parade is northbound starting at the Fisherman's Monument. Its sister parade on Tuesday flows south and returns the carriage floats to the Centro Historico.


Time-lapse video of the Carnaval 2012 Inaugural Parade! Very Cool!



Coronation of the Child Queen
(Reina Infantil)

Coronation Stadium Event / Upcoming 2016 Mazatlan Carnival Events

Monday February 8, 2016 (6:30pm)
Estadio Teodoro Mariscal - Venados Stadium
/ 100 - 500 pesos

Child Queen coronationThe Child Queen (Reina Infantil) is an important part of carnival in Mazatlan, and her coronation is one big party suitable...for...a...queen!

Reina Infantil MazatlanThe tradition of a Child Queen of the Mazatlan Carnival dates from 1921, and the modern child queen coronation is staged at Estadio Teodoro Mariscal (Venados Baseball Stadium).

The 2015 coronation of the Mazatlan Carnival Child Queen featured the romantic sounds of musical duo Rio Roma, the brothers José Luis Ortega Castro and Raúl Ortega Castro.


Video of Rio Roma playing Por eso te amo (Acoustic)



Banda at Olas Altas Beach!
Banda bands in Concert / Upcoming 2016 Mazatlan Carnival Concerts

Monday February 8, 2016 (After Dark)
Olas Altas Malecon / Just 40 pesos general admission!


On the Monday night of Carnaval 2016 there will be -- per tradition -- a big musical bash on the Malecon at Olas Altas Beach. This being Sinaloa, you can count on banda, and the 2015 Carnival did not disappoint!

The only cost for these Monday night -- and Tuesday night -- performances is the 30 peso charge to enter the part of the Centro Historico where access is restricted during the Mazatlan Carnaval.


Festival of Lights Fireworks
(Festival de la Luz)

Fireworks along the Malecon / Upcoming 2016 Mazatlan Carnival Events

Monday February 8, 2016 (10pm)
Avenida del Mar / Free!


The Festival de la Luz fireworks show in Mazatlan is unique.

This massive fireworks display is staged all along Avenida del Mar, and draws uncountable numbers of spectators.

The Festival of Lights fireworks in Mazatlan are only rivaled by Rio, New Orleans and Veracruz for the scale and impact of the fireworks display!


Second Parade
(Segundo Desfile de Carnaval)

Parade down the Malecon / Upcoming 2016 Mazatlan Carnival Events

Tuesday February 9, 2016 (4:30pm)
Starts at the Aquarium and proceeds south along the Malecon / Free!


Mazatlan Carnival Final Parade
The closing parade marks the beginning of the end of the Mazatlan carnival.

Segundo Desfile de Carnaval -- the second and final parade of the Carnaval season -- flows along the Malecon from the Centro Histórico all the way north to Valentinos.

Far from a time of sadness, this last evening of revelry matches anything the preceded it, and the party continues long into the night!


Video of a 2014 Mazatlan Carnaval parade



Mazatlán Carnaval for first-time visitors

Mazatlan Carnival Queen A large portion of the concerts and musical events at carnival take place on the Malecon at Olas Altas beach and in the Centro Historico adjacent to it.

Carnival 2015 featured over twenty bands playing nightly throughout carnaval week from 6pm til 4am!

Admission to the areas where the bands are playing is restricted, but tickets that allow you to roam the entire space and see all the bands and other performers are just 30 pesos and do not need to be purchased in advance -- you just buy them at the fence.

Mazatlan Carnival on The Malecon Tickets for major Mazatlan Carnival events are purchased at the Angela Peralta ticket office -- even the events in Estadio Teodoro Mariscal / Venados Stadium.

Angela Peralta Theater box office hours are from 9am until 3pm and 5pm to 7pm. A ticket kiosk outside the theatre at the edge of Plaza Machado is open from 10am until 1pm and 3pm to 8pm.

Carnaval tickets are also available at kiosk in La Gran Plaza from 11am to 8pm every day.

Spectacular fireworks play a big part in Mazatlan Carnival celebrations, with the two largest being staged on the Saturday night of carnival (Combate Naval) and Monday night (Festival de la Luz).

In recent years the traditional fireworks shows have been augmented with modern technology -- lights and lasers -- as well as music.

No person is more central to Carnaval in Mazatlan than the Queen.

The first two Mazatlan carnivals -- 1898 and 1899 -- were presided over by an Ugly King (Rey Feo), a buffoon-like character. But that changed permanently in 1900 when a lovely North American named Wilfrida Farmer became the first Queen of Carnaval.

The beautiful Queen is now paired with Rey de la Alegría (King of Joy -- Rey Feo was re-named in 1965) who remains a part of the festival but is certainly not its superstar!

Carnaval Parade dancer 2013 Early parades were simple affairs -- people on bicycles, some costumes, some acoustic music. The modern Mazatlan Carnival parade is far from that, and incorporates all manner of sound systems, lights, costuming and glitter.

Parades are a very big part of Carnaval in Mazatlan -- as they are for carnival celebrations throughout the world -- and the floats, dancers and marchers in Mazatlan are world-class.

Carnival in Mazatlan is without a doubt one of the most vibrant celebrations in Mexico, and well-worth a trip to Mazatlan. Visit the 2016 Mazatlan Carnaval, experience the excitement and form memories that you will hold dear for the rest of your life!


A brief history of Carnaval in Mazatlán

The tradition of mid-winter festivals in Mazatlan is as old as the city itself, with masquerades and feasts referenced in histories that date from the time of the earliest setters in the early 1800s.

It is suggested by some historians that these festivals originally reflected the traditions of the indigenous population -- with some Spanish influence, much like the melding of early religeous practices. These celebrations are noted as early as 1823, immediately after Mexico became an independent nation and our port became even more open to international commerce.

Early 1900s Mazatlan Carnival QueensThough "Carnaval" was noted in Mazatlan as early as 1848 -- it was mentioned in the Mazatlan newspaper La Lechuza -- it wasn’t until 50 years later than the event took its present form as a week-long multi-event blow-out complete with parades, floats, social events and an official King and Queen.

The very end of the 1800s -- 1898 to be exact -- marks when Mazatlan officially embraced the Mardi Gras tradition of Carnival, and there has been no turning back from this massive annual public party!

History notes that the early Mazatlan Carnivals -- pre 1898 -- were informal and often somewhat vulgar.

Women threw flour and hollow eggshells (cascarones) filled with glitter, and men responding by tossing ashes and dyes at the women.

1966 Mazatlan Carnaval Queen ParadeThese earliest Mazatlan Carnavals also included mock battles where rival groups -- dock workers and market workers -- shouted insults and taunts and threw rocks at eachother.

But in 1898 civic leaders headed by Dr. Martiniano Carvajal and a committee with an international flavor -- it supposedly included an Irishman, a German, a Spaniard and an Italian -- organized a parade made up of carriages and bicycles "to eradicate the immoral flour and replace it with the pure and more restrained confetti."

The event was focused within Plaza Machado and the nearby Centro Historico streets, but rapidly, carnival spilled out of the Centro Historico and spread north from Olas Altas Beach up Paseo Claussen.

Modern Mazatlan Carnavals have themes that serve to unify the appearance of the floats, dancers and other performers.

The tradition of a carnival theme dates from 1943, when Mexico had just joined the allied side in WWII after German submarines had sunk Mexican ships. Mazatlan decided to create a theme for the 1943 carnival that expressed the hope of victory: "El Carnaval de la Victoria" - The Carnival of Victory.

Nineteen years later -- in 1962 -- the concept of a carnival theme became official, and each Mazatlan Carnaval since has had an official theme, the 2015 theme being Los Suenos de Momo (The Dreams of Momo).

The parades and events of the modern Mazatlan Carnaval now stretch north of the Golden Zone and into neighborhoods inland from the Malecon and, while todays Carnaval may not involve tossing flour, it is hardly restrained!

1966 Mazatlan Carnaval Queen ParadeMardi Gras in Mazatlan is one of the biggest and best bashes anywhere in the Americas that sees thousands of costumed revellers thronging the Malecon and beaches.

The modern Mazatlan Carnaval combines the best of the history of traditional carnivals with the excitement of modern technology -- each evening of Carnival Week the Malecon, Olas Altas Beach and the Centro Historico become the perfect stage for this singing and dancing Bacchanalia, with parades, outdoor concerts, fireworks, sound and light shows and beer for everyone stretching farther north than the eye can see!

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