The end of February marks the beginning of traditional carnival festivities in more than 200 of Mexico’s town and cities. While some towns celebrate in small and uniquely traditional ways, others organize large and spectacular carnival festivities, which makes them a must see event. Three of the most popular places to see the carnival in the country are Mazatlan, Veracruz and Cabo San Lucas’ neighbor town, La Paz. I am already making my plans to attend, and if you are in Baja between February 27 and March 4, I recommend you to visit as well!
The first La Paz Carnival (we call it Carnaval La Paz) was organized in 1898, making it one of the oldest in the country. The carnival is a week long party on the main seaside street Malecon, where the Sea of Cortez makes a beautiful backdrop to all the festivities. The carnival usually starts with the condemning of an effigy called mal humor (bad mood) and the electing of a Carnival Queen and a King of Happiness. There are fun parades with floats, street parties and street vendors (you must try their churros filled with caramel), and in the evenings there are concerts by popular Mexican musicians with festivities that go on until early morning hours. Costumes worn by participants are very creative and vary each year, and I can’t wait to see what people will come up with this year.
Carnival in Mexico ends on Mardi Gras, or Martes de Carnaval, when another effigy Juan Carnaval is burned; he represents all the wanton revelry associated with the festivities. This marks the end of the debauchery and return to temperance. On Ash Wednesday people go to church to receive ashes and the abstinence of Lent will begin.
One of the things that make a visit to La Paz Carnaval special for me is that all the festivities happen at the Malecon, with fantastic sea and sunset views. During the day I love watching the dolphins playfully jump out of the sea just by walking on Malecon, visiting their beautiful beaches or taking short trips to the adjacent islands.
If you are interested in visiting La Paz or attending our traditional Carnaval, please contact your Personal Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (624) 163-4300.
Photo: Carnaval La Paz