Carnival is a traditional celebration in Valladolid, where locals and visitors alike dress in a colorful way to spread joy around town. Every year, just before easter people from all walks of life join “Comparsas” and organize dancing groups to be part of the festivities.
Besides the dancing and music shows, during Carnival there’s plenty of Mexican snacks, beers, and many other things!
The yearly program varies, but usually during Carnival, there are plenty of events for everyone in the family.
Just as an example of what you can enjoy, here’s a list of the events of the 2019 Carnival.
A Children’s night, with a grand parade that started at 5 Calles (corner of 48 and 41) and ended at Parque de Candelaria.
The King and the Queen of the Carnival
There was an even called ‘Paseo Noche de Corso’ which departed from the former Railway Station and ended at the Santos Vaia nightclub, where the dance competition took place and people could see the performances of the different dancing groups.
Over the weekend, on Saturday the comparsas offered a free show in the parks of the city: San Juan, Santa Lucía, Flamboyanes, Candelaria and Flor Campestre. At night, family events took place in the center of the city.
In addition to the celebrations in the most traditional neighborhoods, the party also went to perform in the parks around the city: Colonos, X-Corazón, Sisal, R. Bonilla and San Francisco.
On Sunday in the main park was the scenario for the crowning of the Queen of the Carnival., followed by plenty of music.
On Monday, March 4th, the troupes performed in Santa Ana and then was a ‘regional night’, an interesting event including traditional music and dance, which concluded with a ranchería in downtown Valladolid.
On Tuesday 5th there was a presentation of comparsas in the center of the city, and a clown presentation.
The Carnival ended on Wednesday March 6th, with the burning of Juan Carnaval, in the Historical Center.
If you visit Valladolid during the Carnival, make sure to join at least one of the events. It’s an interesting experience to learn more about the traditions of Mexico and the Yucatan! Happy Carnival!