Party people listen up! It’s nearly Carnival time in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico so get your dancing shoes ready. Throughout Mexico, this annual Carnival event takes place during the days leading up to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. In addition to tourist hot spots like Puerto Vallarta, other popular cities that have incredible Carnival celebrations include Tepoztlán, Huejotzingo, Chamula, Veracruz, Cozumel, and Mazatlán. In the towns of Veracruz, Mazatlán, and Cozumel, the celebration is extra eccentric and exciting that it even resembles the famous New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. Continue reading below to see why you can’t miss the Carnival in Puerto Vallarta this February.
History of Carnival
Carnival is celebrated each spring throughout Mexico in many different cities and towns. Also known as “Carnaval” in Spanish, Carnival is held the week before Ash Wednesday which is called “miercoles de cenizas” in Spanish. This period signals the beginning of Lent and a period of sobriety before Easter. Each year, the specific dates of Carnival celebrations do vary a bit, but the Carnival is always held prior to Ash Wednesday. In 2019, this year’s Carnival festivities will be held from February 27th to March 5th, and will reach a peak of celebrations on Mardi Gras, which translates to “Fat Tuesday” in English and “Martes de Carnaval” in Spanish. Each year, the specific dates for the annual Carnival are determined by Easter which is always celebrated the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the spring equinox.
Parades and Caribbean Costumes
In Puerto Vallarta, the Carnival is a huge street party that shouldn’t be missed. Locals and visitors alike will flock to the streets to enjoy the energy and excitement of the Carnival. The Carnival is celebrated in Old Town Puerto Vallarta, which is also known as the Zona Romantica, and is well known for being a party zone all year round. The festive mood is turned up a notch higher during Carnival and visitors will be overwhelmed by the excitement and activity of Carnival. Festivities including incredible parades and energetic dancers dressed in bright Caribbean style costumes will fill the streets along with party goers soaking up the fun. There are even special Carnival cars that are specially decorated in Carnival decor that drive along in the parade. When the cars stop, get ready to dance and join in a giant street dance party like you’ve never experienced before.
Street Entertainment and Food Stalls
Not only will visitors enjoy the Carnival parades, there are also several Caribbean music concerts scheduled that will highlight both national and local talent. Listen to the festive music as you browse the delicious food offerings, drinks, and souvenirs that will be set up within a space similar to a fair venue. In Puerto Vallarta, the parade and Carnival festivities take place in Old Town Puerto Vallarta near the Lazaro Cardenas park. The Puerto Vallarta Carnival is a very popular event, so we recommend you make your accommodation plans ahead of time. If possible, plan to arrive to Puerto Vallarta a couple of days before celebrations begin.
Headed to sunny Puerto Vallarta in late February 2019? Don’t miss the Puerto Vallarta Carnival with its festive atmosphere and colorful parades – it will undoubtedly be the street party of your life!