Mazatlan Carnival
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Phone: +52 (669) 982 4444

Date: February  8th to 13rd, 2018

The Mazatlan Carnaval is an experience that one should not miss!

Mazatlán is already starting the preparation to top what it has been considered the best Carnaval in Mexico. From February 08 to 13 the city will live again the joy and festivity of the traditional Carnaval International on its 120 edition with the theme "Alebrijes and dragons"

The 2018 Carnival will be a spectacular event, whose celebrants will include local, national and international participants alike, in a 24/7 fiesta that has so well characterized the communal heart of the "Mazatlecos" for over a century.

The activities featured in Mazatlán's International Carnival include: official presentation of the candidates for King of Joy, Queen of the Floral Games, Queen of the Carnival, and Infant Queen; Crowning of the King and the Queens; "allegorical vehicles" (carriage floats) parade; the symbolic ritual of the "Bad Mood Burning," the Naval Battle; the Evening of the Arts; the "Anything Goes" Ball; the "Children's Ball," the International Pacific Queen Contest and the recognition of local artists and poets through the "Clemencia Isaura Award" for Poetry, "Mazatlán Award" for literature and the "Antonio López Sáenz Award" for painting.

Mazatlan International Carnaval is distinguished by being the only Carnaval in México and the World that combines fiesta and cultural and artistic activities.


What is the Mazatlan's International Carnival?

Mazatlan's International Carnival is a six day, multi-event celebration filled with live music, folklore, dance, entertainment and costumes depicting indigenous traditions, where diverse celebrants of all generations gather within a joyful ambience of magical exaltation.



The modern conception of "Carnaval" is historically traced to the public street celebrations of over a century ago, which in turn were based on the purifying seasonal rituals dating to antiquity. These early celebrations featured participants adorned in colored eggshells and scented flour and ashes, which reflected a transition from the humoristic mood to that of the grotesque. This early expression of Carnaval also carried with it vestigial features of the archaic traditions, which spoke to the dictates of chaos in the world and the tearing down of social barriers. Carnaval thus marked a brief moment when the rules were relaxed and transgressions were forgiven. Merchants and dock workers took to the fields in stone throwing confrontations.

Towards the end of the Nineteenth Century, the festival took a sociopolitical turn. The most popular form of Carnaval was organized by the military and celebrated in May of each year, to commemorate the victory of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza over the French army in Puebla.

In 1898 an assembly of Mazatlan dignitaries led by a local doctor implemented the use of carriages and bicycles in the parade, and replaced the scented flour with confetti. The Mazatlan newspaper, "La Lechuza," published the first account of the Mazatlecan Carnival.

That same year, a celebrated American beauty, Wilfrida Farme, was crowned the First Queen of the Carnival of Mazatlan, her reign supplanting the Ugly Kings and Buffoons of the grotesque era. Queen Wilfrida made her grand entrance into the city seated atop a trolley car drawn by mules, and escorted by chamberlains, ministers and an entire operatic company. Carnival 1898 also marked the first celebration of the Grand Ball of Costumes in the ballroom Círculo Benito Juárez.


21st Century Mazatlan Carnival: Festivities and Traditions

Naval Combat

Place: Olas Altas

On Saturday evening the harbor skies will glow with stunning fireworks displays, the air filled with the sights and sounds of the laser show, Naval Combat, a re-creation of the harbor's successful defense against French invasion by Mexican forces. The pyrotechnic bangs and shots simulate cannonades exchanged over sea and land during the battle between the Mazatlecos and the French man-of-war, "Le Cordeliere."


First Parade

Place: Avenida del Mar

The most highly-anticipated event of the Carnival of Mazatlan is the carriage float (or "allegorical" carriages) parade, which takes place on Sunday. The waterfront is transformed into a sea of thousands, Mazatleco families and visitors gathering to enjoy the parade of fantasies conceived by carriage float creator Rigoberto Lewis

Second Parade

Place: Avenida del Mar

The second celebration takes place the following Tuesday, when Mazatlecans bid farewell to the procession as the carriages travel the waterfront line southwards. In this second parade, the Royal Court, Joy characters, thematic groups and other participants join together in a multi-colored swath through the Carnival zone along the Paseo de Olas Altas.

Both events are free.


Crowning of the King of Joy

Free Event

In its early origins the Carnival included the election of the Ugly King, the male protagonist of the Carnival festivities. Since 1965, the title of Sovereign was changed to King of Joy, reaffirming the positive spirit underlying Carnival.

Crowning of the Queen of Floral Games

Each year, the creative intelligence of poets receive due homage during the Floral Games of the Carnival, in a multiple consecration event. A Poet Laureate crowns the Queen, who in turn delivers the Natural Flower and Poetry prizes. The Clemencia Isaura Poetry Award has since 1937 also occupied a prominent place in the Carnival agenda. The judges of the Poets Laureate are Carlos McGregor Giacinti, Rosario Uriarte, Herminio Martínez, Abigael Bohórquez, Juan José Arreola, Pita Amor, Franco Hernández, José Esquinca y Miriam Moscona, among many others.

Crowning of the Queen of Carnival

Perhaps the most anxiously-awaited event of the city-harbor is the competition for the most beautiful among a stunningly beautiful class of competitors. The winner becomes the icon of the Carnival after a stringent competition in which grace, appearance, intelligence and beauty are a must in winning this coveted distinction.

Crowning of the Child Queen

The Crowning of the Child Queen takes place on Monday. Its origins are traced to 1921, the ritual since then repeated annually. The crowning of the Child Queen of the Carnival and the Child Queen of Poetry are augmented by the performances of nationally-known popular singers.

Pacific International Beauty Queen

The participation of the Queens from Central and South America and the United States adds an international flavor to the Carnival festivities. The visiting beauties participate in the spectacular Carnival parades, and also compete for the title of Pacific International Queen.

Children's Grand Ball

The Children's Grand Ball provides the children of the city-harbor a festive space especially designed for them. Escorted by their parents, the children engage in a test of their imaginative skills in the Funny Costume Contest, donning costumes of their own design in a high-spirited pageant of joyful competition.

Bad Mood Burning

A symbolic ritual accomplished by the incineration of a marionette, the Bad Mood Burning (or "Quema de Mal Humor") vanquishes all ill feelings from the Mazatlan shores.

Former Themes of Mazatlan Carnival


Carnival Themes

2016: Mazatlántida "The allegory that emerged from the waves"

Previous themes were:

1943: Victory Carnival

1962: Sea, Love and Fantasy

1963: Fantasy at the Riviera

1964: Oriental Fantasy

1965: There was no theme. It was announced as "Musical parade with International Notes"

1966: There was no theme

1967: Fantasy of Old Times

1968: Around the World in Pursuit of Joy

1969: European Fantasy Carrousel

1970: The greatest show on Earth (The Musicals)

1971: One thousand and one fantasies

1972: Once Upon a Time... (A long journey to fable and legend)

1973: The Great Jewels of Song

1974: At the beat of Illusion (Films of yesterday, today and tomorrows)

1975: Joy is the color of the World

1976: Nights of Mazatlán

1977: One Thousand Faces of Dance

1978: An Almanac of Adventures

1979: Masquerade, Love and Fantasy

1980: Splendor of all Five Continents

1981: The Wonderful World of Fantasy

1982: Fantasy of the Seven Seas

1983: Music, Love and  and Streamers

1984: The Dazzling Kingdom of  Spectacle

1985: A Toast to Past

1986: Where Dreams Come True

1987: Gold of Fantasy

1988: Wonders of the World

1989: Unforgettable Hollywood

1990: If Versailles knew

1991: Let the Tambora Band Follow Me !

1992: Viva América

1993: From myth to gossip (mitote)

1994: Mazatlán of my Memories

1995. Festivitiess and y Traditions of México

1996: The Origins

1997: The Evolution

1998: The First Century

1999: Winds of Epic

2000: Millennium

2001: ...And let the music sound!

2002: Passion for Carnivals

2003: Evoking the Stars

2004: Glory and Splendor

2005: The Warmth of the People

2006: Spirits of Sea and Wind

2007: Spells of Old Harbor

2008: Faraway Stories

2009: Universal Fantasy

2010: With Patriotic Fervor!

2011: The Return of the Muses

2012: The Feast of Empires

2013: The Magic Lantern

2014: Shoreline: The Skin of the Sea

2015: The Dreams of Momo


Queens of Carnival

2016: Daniela Farriols

2015: Rocío Uribe

2014: Lorena Macías

2013: Karen Cabrales

2012: Karla Álvarez

2011: Abigail García

2010: Astrid Macías

2009: Wendy Ponce

2008: Olga Rodríguez

2007: Lucía Aikens

2006: Ana Carolina Escobar

2005: Alexia Medrano Henderson

2004: Miriam Jazmín Bayardo

2003: Adriana Berenice Ramírez Tirado

2002: Rocío Sarahí Osuna Solero

2001: Estrella Palacios

2000: Pamela Farriols López

1999: Lai Hing Audelo Chio

1998: Claudia Yahaira Osuna

1997: Linda De Rueda Cevallos

1996: Abris Ileana Tiznado Magaña

1995: Lissy María Bernal Osuna

1994: Celia Gloria Chávez Carrasco

1993: Amina Blancarte Tirado

1992: Kathia Berenice Morales Luna

1991: Leticia Arellano Rentería

1990: Rocío del Carmen Lizárraga Lizárraga

1989: Maria del Rosario Simancas Espinoza

1988: Rebeca Barrios de Cima

1987: Kathia Hann R.

1986: Laila Rodríguez Bosch

1985: Laura Almada Valdés

1984: Elizabeth Carrillo Iturrios

1983: María Teresa Osuna Valdés

1982: Rocío Molina Malacón

1981: Gladys del Carmen Sánchez Palomares

1980: Ana Isabel Magdaleno Alarcón

1979: Patricia Gorostiza N.

1978: Perla González García

1977: María de los Ángeles Torres

1976: Eleonora Margarita Aguilar

1975: Yolanda de Rueda Alatorre

1974: María Teresa Bastidas L.

1973: Gabriela Rivera Unger

1972: Elvira Gloria Torrero

1971: Rosario Nafarrate Cañedo

1970: Libia Zulema López Montemayor

1969: Adelina Álvarez Sandoval

1968: Irma Tirado Canizalez

1967: Vicky Tirado Almada

1966: Laura Fárber Loaiza

1965: Martha Rochín

1964: Lupita Osuna

1963: Lucina Rosete Aragón

1962: Isela Wong Ramos

1961: Anita de Rueda Alatorre

1960: Lupita Rosete Aragón

1959: Martha Cecilia "Pequi" Tirado Almada

1958: Anabella González Guereña

1957: Rosa María Osuna Righetti

1956: Lupita Rosa Bastidas

1955: Teresa Gómez Millán Tirado

1954: Teresa Olga Osuna Righetti

1953: Emilia Carreón Cornejo

1952: Dora González Guereña

1951: Charito Barraza

1950: Olga Otañez Elenes

1949: Anita Osuna

1948: Cuquita Cruz

1947: Rosa María Olmeda

1946: Gloria Osuna

1945: Gloria Pérez Echegaray

1944: Lucila Medrano

1943: Laura Elena Venegas y Miguel Estavillo

1942: Gloria Arregui y Ernesto Coppel Campaña

1941: Adelina Marín

1940: Isabel Coppel

1939: Alicia Haas M.

1938: Amelia Ernestina Duhagón

1937: Venancia Arregui

1936: Adela Bohner

1935: Bertha Ruffo

1934: Beatriz Blancarte

1933: María Teresa Tirado E.

1932: Josefina Laveaga

1931: María Emilia Millán

1930: Bertha Urriolagoitia

1929: Julieta González


Queens of Floral Games

2016: Blanca Herrera

2015: Marcela Soto

2014: Marcela Valdez

2013: Lidia Rojas

2012: Astrid Virginia Tirado Martínez

2011: Vanessa Gurrola

2010: Karen Tirado

2009: Corina Beltrán

2008: Yolanda Nevárez

2007: Nallely Navarro

2006: Karina Xibillé Nieto

2005: Armida Benítez Olivas

2004: Rosy Guadalupe Beltrán

2003: Geovanna Isaai Bernal Rodríguez

2002: Fabiola Ortega Ramos

2001: Karina Dueñas

2000: Jazmín Gloria Malcampo Mendoza

1999: Tania Álvarez Mexia

1998: Alma Angélica Loaiza

1997: Paloma Palacios

1996: Karla Arámburo

1995: Esmeralda Magaña

1994: Karina Lizette López

1993: Celia Jáuregui Ibarra

1992: Delia Alejandra Montaño

1991: Lolita Madueños

1990: Libia Zulema Farriols López

1989: Gládyz América López Ibarra

1988: Ana Fabiola Osuna Corona

1987: Laura Rojo Fárber

1986: Lupita Rosa Zatarain Castro

1985: Herlinda Vercellino

1984: Marisela Tirado Vizcarra

1983: Celeste Margarita Ojeda Iñiguez

1982: Irma Guadalupe Ríos Portillo

1981: Georgina Reyes Guerra

1980: Cielo Rosa Elorriaga

1979: Sonia del Carmen González Rodríguez

1978: Lorena Xibille

1977: Lucy Favela

1976: Karla Henderson

1975: July McLennan Huerta

1974: Celia Chio Cortés

1973: Lupita Elorriaga

1972: Alma Rosa Chio Cortés

1971: Rosa María López Arregui

1970: Cristina Reynaud

1969: Juany Arámburo Zataráin

1968: Patricia Guevara

1967: Socorrito Cruz Corona

1966: Ruth Avilés

1965: María Elena Rodríguez

1964: Loreta de Rueda

1963: Elba Alicia Tostado

1962: Hortensa Freeman

1961: Alma Valadez

1960: Lupita Rosete Aragón

1959: Martha Cecilia "Pequi" Tirado Almada

1958: Anabella González Guereña

1957: Lucila Llausás

1956: Jannette Collard

1955: Teresa Gómez Millán Tirado

1954: Teresa Olga Osuna Righetti

1953: Emilia Carreón Cornejo

1952: Dora González Guereña

1951: Charito Barraza

1950: María Elvira Patrón

1949: Martha Benítez

1948: Liliana Martínez

1946: Esther Coppel

1945: Gloria Pérez Echegaray

1944: Carmina de Rueda

1943: Dora Gastelum

1942: María Luisa Espinoza de los Monteros

1941: Laura Delia Haas

1940: Lucila Medrano

1939: Alicia Coppel

1938: Dora Gudelia Aspinwall

1937: Ana María Alatorre

1934: Beatriz Blancarte

1928: María Alvarado

1925: Margarita Cruz


Kings of Joy

2016: Bernardo Camacho

2015: Francisco Garay

2014: Adolfo Blanco "El Artista"

2013: Ivan Romero

2012: Víctor Alcalde

2011: Berny Camacho

2010: Tomás Antonio “El Centenario”

2009: Banda "El Recodo"

2008: Gregorio Romero

2007: Saul Maldonado

2006: Aarón González González

2005: Gerardo López Torres

2004: "El Compa" Julian

2003: José Ángel Ledesma "El Coyote"

2002: Ángel Javier Rembao Hernández

2001: Daniel Osuna

2000: Julio Preciado

1999: Mario Medina "El Tequilero"

1998: Miguel Higuera "El Cafetero Asoleado"

1997: Jesús Morales "Chuyito I"

1995: Alonso Casillas "El Choncho"

1994: Jorge Alfredo Gallegos

1993: Óscar Valdés

1992: Arturo Tello

1991: José Ramón Serrano "El Puma"

1990: José Ramón Salas Casillas "El Chino"

1989: Ramón Loaiza "El Salvaje"

1988: El Pollero Salas

1987: Pedro Sarabia "El Chuco"

1986: José Manuel Orozco "El Compadre"

1985: Adán López "El Morsa"

1984: Víctor Manuel Chavarín

1983: Juan Diego Páez "El Ostión Feliz"

1982: Jerónimo Marco "El Pirata"

1981: José Ángel Lizárraga "Papucho"

1980: Hector Manuel Mendoza

1979: Daniel Herrera "Sanfarinfas"

1978: Armando Osuna P. "El Boyte"

1977: Jesús Vega García "El Tambito I"

1976: Teófilo Montes "Macho-Macho"

1975: Jorge Mata "Babalú"

1974: No contest

1973: No contest

1972: No contest

1971: No contest

1970: José Trinidad Aldás "El Conejo"

1969: José Luis Flores "Kid Turista"

1968: Rodolfo Ramos "El Chocolate"

1967: No hubo

1966: Salvador Curiel "Lotario"

1966: El Pely

1965: Adolfo Tío Pifas

One of the greatest Carnival in the world. I recomend it so much.