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Mazatlán Carnival Queens from
1900 to 2022


1900
Winifred 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
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2003
Adriana Berenice Ramírez Tirado

2004
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2005
Alexia Medrano Henderson

2006
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2007
Lucia Aikens Sánchez

2008
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2009
Wendy Ponce Peraza

2010
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2011
Abigaíl García García

2012
Karla Álvarez Centeno

2013
Karen Cabrales

2014
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2015
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2016
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2017
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2018
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2019
Karla Rivas

2020-2021
Libia Gavica

2022
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Mazatlan Carnaval themes from
1943 to 2022


1943
Carnaval de la victoria

1944 - 1961
The Mazatlan Carnival did not have an
official theme from 1944 until 1962


1962
Mare, amore e fantasía

1963
Fantasía en la riviera

1964
Fantasía oriental

1965
No official theme was announced

1966
No official theme was announced

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

2016
Mazatlantida: La alegoría
que emergió de las olas

2017
De Alebrijes y Dragones

2018
Patasalada: El círculo de los talentos

2019
Equinoccio, el Renacer
de Los Sentidos

2020
Somos América

2021
Carnival was not held as a result of the worldwide pandemic.

2022
Lanao

2023
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Carnaval de Mazatlán 2023
16-21 February 2023


Carnaval Mazatlán 2022 was a wonderful success, a demonstration of what responsibly emerging from the isolation of the past two years looks like. We look forward to unpacking more of our Carnaval photos and videos over the course of the year, both here and on on our Instagram channel, mazatlan.sinaloa.mexico.


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Memories of 2019-2020

Combate Naval fireworks at Carnaval Mazatlan 2020

Banda musician on the Malecon at the 2019 Mazatlan Carnival

Carnaval Mazatlan dancer and friend with smartphone on the Malecon in 2020

Carnival workers on motorcycle during Carnaval Mazatlan 2020

Carnaval dancer with Egyptian style heddress on the malecon at Carnaval Mazatlan 2020

Dancers parade down the malecon past Parque Ciudad Hermanas during Carnaval Mazatlan 2022

Mother takes a photo of a female dancer on the Malecon during Carnaval Mazatlan 2020

Female dancers parade down the Malecon during Carnaval Mazatlan 2020


Video 2019-2020

Combate Naval fireworks by mazatlantoday.net



Queen's Coronation at Venados Stadium (time lapse)



Juegos Florales at Venados Stadium (time lapse)



Juegos Florales Queen's Court before the coronation



A brief history of Carnaval in Mazatlán

Winifred Farmer, the first queen of the Mazatlan Carnival

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, Carnaval Mazatlan, centered on the Malecon, is a now an over 120 year tradition that attracts hundreds of thousands of people from all around the world.

Mazatlan Carnival Queens in the 1920sThis 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 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.

Painting of the Queens of Carnaval Mazatlan 1952Though "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.

These earliest Mazatlan Carnavals also included mock battles where rival groups -- dock workers and market workers -- shouted insults and taunts and threw rocks at each other.

CarnavalBut 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.

Carnival dancers on parade at Carnaval Mazatlan 2020Modern 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.

In 1962 the concept of a carnival theme became official, and each Mazatlan Carnaval since has had an official theme, the 2022 theme being Lanao.

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!

Dancer on a float at Carnaval Mazatlan 2020Mardi 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!

The 2023 Mazatlan Carnival will take place from February 16 to 21. Be a part if it.


Mazatlán Carnaval FAQ for first-time visitors!

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.

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

Spectacular fireworks play a big part in Mazatlan Carnival celebrations, with the largest show, Combate Naval, being staged on the Saturday night of carnival.

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!

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 2023 Mazatlan Carnaval, experience the excitement and form memories that you will hold dear for the rest of your life!

How do you know when Carnaval is coming? Monigotes on the Malecon!

A few weeks before Carnival, strange beings begin appearing on the Malecon. They are the Mazatlan Carnival Monigotes, some of the most fun public sculpture anywhere in the world!

Mazatlan 2018 Carnival Monigote: Boxer Mazatlan 2018 Carnival Monigote: Cowboy on Horse

Mazatlan 2018 Carnival Monigote: Bull Rider and Bull Mazatlan Carnival Monigote: Baloonist

























The 2023 Carnival in Mazatlan - Schedules, news, upcoming event calendar, FAQ and information about concerts, parades, fireworks, king, queen and the history of Carnaval in Mazatlan


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