Machado Square

Located between Constitución and Sixto Osuna Streets, close to Carnaval Street, this Square owes its name to Juan Nepomuceno Machado, a Philippine national, who donated the land to build what is now the second-oldest public square. This is the traditional Square where Carnival or Mardi Gras festivities are held, and has been the heart of Mazatlán´s Historical Center over the past century.

The Machado Square is one of the oldest public squares in Mazatlán. Historical records show that it was built in 1837, under the patronage of a wealthy businessman that dealt in silver, fabrics and pearls, by the name of Don Juan Nepomuceno Machado.

According to chronicles of the time, when this wealthy businessman found-out about the building of the "Olas Altas" breakwater in 1832, and how it had allowed the gaining of a great extension of ocean ground, he had the vision to acquire a large plot of land that he would later donate to the City, on the condition that it be used to build a public square.

Mr. Machado´s initiative was well-received, since at the time, the Port of Mazatlán didn´t have a proper public place where local authorities could organize and meet for their civic activities, and families lacked a meeting place to socialize or spend some time with their families.

The original public square was an esplanade surrounded by 36 majestic stone park benches and shady orange trees, due to which, it was known as the "Orange Tree Promenade" for a long time. During that same period of time, the largest commercial buildings of that period were built around the square, along with spectacular estates, residences of wealthy German, Spanish and French businessmen.

Records of those years show that this area quickly became the meeting place for the Port´s highest society members, where they gathered on warm summer nights, under the starry sky, to delight in the loud and energetic live band music or the soft murmur of a string quartet, which played their best repertoire for their enraptured audience.

Everyone on their way to the Angela Peralta Theater had to cross the Machado Square, passing by fancy restaurants and social clubs such as El Unión, El Alemán and El Español, all famous venues for balls and social gatherings, surrounding the Square.

It wasn´t until 1881 that remodeling work was done on Machado Square, when the current beautiful gazebo was added. Today, the Machado Square is the beating heart of our Historical Center, and a favorite spot for anyone that loves a good conversation and art, literature, politics and everyday comings and goings, while sipping a delicious cup of coffee or foamy mug of beer. It´s also a family gathering place for Mazatlecans, a place where students, artists, tourists and people-watchers converge on its wood and iron park benches, to exchange ideas and laughter while paying no mind to time.

The Machado Square is a central and key venue during Carnival or Mardi Gras. Year after year, it holds its Carnival Food Fair, in which the best and most representative restaurants of Mazatlán offer their best dishes. Moreover, art exhibitions, book fairs and all types of cultural and political activities are held here.

Currently, the Square and its surrounding buildings are under a remodeling and re-building process to fully recover their facilities, so that they may be adapted and made more functional and beautiful, without losing their architectural features and value, which have been preserved for over a century.