Veracruz hosts Mexico’s largest Carnival celebrations with nine days of special events, parades, and parties taking over the city in the run up to Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday. Here are a few ways to join the festivities.
- Admire the colorful floats, intricate costumes, and comparsa dancing groups at the spectacular Carnival parades.
- Enjoy the nightly live music, dancing troupes, and jarocho shows at the Zócalo in Veracruz city center.
- Experience ancient Carnival traditions such as the Quema del Mal Humor (Burning of Bad Mood), the burning of the Juan Carnaval effigy, and the coronation of the Carnival queen.
- If you can’t celebrate Carnival in Veracruz, head to Mazatlán on the Pacific Coast, where Carnival festivities include elaborate parades, street parties, and live entertainment