15 February 2010

Carnaval 2010 – The Rhythm of Carnaval

Carnaval is to Mérida what Mardi Gras is to New Orleans and Río de Janeiro. The theme of this year's Carnaval is The Rhythm of Carnaval.

This is Merida's big FIESTA of the year and something we recommend to anyone who will be in the Yucatan at the time. Mérida's Carnaval is one of the five most important in the entire Mexican republic and one of the 12 principal Carnavals in all of Latin America. From February 10th to February 17th, locals and visitors will see the local culture as they live the traditional time of Carnaval.

There will be pre-Carnaval dances in the different commissaries and neighborhoods around the city. There will be a night when the parade floats are presented, all of this leading up to Wednesday, February 10th when all bad humor in the city will be symbolically burned, marking the officially beginning of Carnaval.

On Thursday February 11th, the Children's Parade will take place along with fireworks, dancing of the kings and queens of Carnaval. The parade route is from Palacio Municipal to Parque Santa Lucía.

The regular parade route starts at the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo, then heads south ending up at the Parque de San Juan downtown. All along the route you will find stands selling food, beverages and games along with the local radio and TV stations presenting concerts by local, national and international guests
The parades will take place from Friday the 12th to Tuesday the 16th of February with the presence of various groups that will compete for first place as the best group. Choreography and costumes will be the key factors that the judges will be looking at.

For more information, the official Carnaval schedule and ticket sales information please visit, yucatantoday.com

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