20 February 2012
Mazatlan’s 114th Carnaval promises to be one of the world’s biggest parties. The picturesque colonial town on Mexico’s Pacific coast will welcome 300,000 revelers for its annual Mardi Gras celebration that is second only to Rio in Latin America.
Highlights of this year’s festival, which runs from February 15-21, include colorful parades along the waterfront, theatrical performances and concerts, the coronation of the Queen of Carnival and a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the harbor in commemoration of a naval battle between the French Navy and Mexican forces.
Nick-named “the pearl of the Pacific”, Mazatlan comes to life during Carnaval, but is a fantastic destination to visit all year round. Well known for its year round sunshine and beautiful beaches, Mazatlan is also a vibrant colonial city with a wealth of cultural activities and rich gastronomic tradition focused on seafood.