Carnaval in Mazatlan

That means Banda music to excess, plenty of lights, tons & tons of beer, two breathtaking parades and the 125th anniversary of the Carnaval fireworks, loads of parties and people galore.They say that there will be at least 1/2 million people on Olas Altas alone tonight to see the spectacular  pyrotechnics.

We saw this Monigote a few weeks ago being transported to where it will be placed along the parade route.

Every year there is a theme to the Carnaval. This year it is Dejavu, Dreams of a Carnival (Dejavú, Sueños de un Carnaval). Apropos considering that this is the 125th anniversary of the start of Carnaval here in Mazatlan. Mazatlan is said to be the 3rd largest Carnaval in the world after Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans.

In no particular order and taken from  a variety of public websites.

The amazing thing is that they look wonderful during the day but at night they have a special sparkle. LED lights galore.

In addition to the fireworks and the parades one thing that stands out are the giant Monigotes. They start going up about 10 -14 days before the start of Carnaval. They are usually construction out of wire and covered with a thin cloth and then covered with paper mâché and painted.

Lots of effort to place the Mongiotes.

So much detail.

Sorry to cut this short but we are off to see the fireworks tonight with 47 friends 😀

This is a link to an interesting article about the giants.





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13 thoughts on “Carnaval in Mazatlan

  1. Lucy says:

    WOW, it must be hard & might take lots of time to build those monigotes, something like building the cars for the Carnival of The Roses Parade in California.

    1. Probably. The floats for the parade can take months

  2. Cindy says:

    Great pics! Thanks for sharing! Always loved carnival in Mazatlan !

    1. This one was extra special.

  3. Jim and Barb says:

    Very cool. That looks like something definitely worth seeing!

    1. I think that you both would love it but especially Barb.

  4. Deb says:

    Great detail! I am always amazed at the imagination displayed in such things and such events. The tirelessness and dedication shown is always awesomely depicted, if they didn’t love doing it so much it would show.

    1. So many volunteers involved as well.

  5. Maxx Trails says:

    Well if the fireworks where as spectacular as the Monigotes then I’m sure you had a great evening!

    1. It was a great evening.

  6. Sandie says:

    These are absolutely amazing. So creative and colorful. Hope you had a fantastic time at the fireworks display.

    1. Fireworks will be the next post.

  7. Nancy Beglaw says:

    Gosh, I guess we will have to stay one year to really be able to absorb all that Carnival is. Lovely pictures!

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