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Carnaval Cozumel 2016

Festivities in Cozumel in Full Swing

It’s nearing the end of January and this month has been a month of plenty of commotion here in Cozumel, Mexico.  If you have been planning your Cozumel vacation and wondered what Cozumel activities might be taking place this month and next then you won’t Carnaval Cozumel 2016be disappointed. If haven’t been to Cozumel during this time of year or at all then you might not have heard about Carnaval Cozumel.  Carnaval is a very popular festival that takes place every year not only here in Cozumel but throughout the Mexico and in some other parts of North and South America and even in many other parts of the world.

What is Carnaval Cozumel?

If you have heard of Carnaval before then chances are that you probably heard about the huge and likely one of the most famous Carnaval celebrations of them all isCozumel Activities held in Rio de Janeiro.  The Carnaval in Rio is currently the Guiness record holder for the largest Carnaval celebration in the world as they have about 2 million people in attendace each day of Carnaval.  Now, it is no secret that Carnaval in Cozumel is not as huge as it is in Rio, nevertheless it is a huge deal for locals on the island and something that taken very seriously here in Cozumel.

Carnaval in Cozumel has been in celebration every year since 1873 and is always celebrated before Lent, which is a Catholic season that covers about six weeks representing the time that Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days.  Carnaval in Cozumel is among the largest of the Carnaval celebrations in the Mexican Caribbean and is an explosion of color.  Carnaval is a 5 day festival with many different activities for Families and all those visiting the island.  During Carnaval Cozumel island locals and visitors will enjoy parades, traditional meals, live music and much more.

Carnaval Cozumel 2016

So what is going to be going on in 2016 for Carnaval in Cozumel?  Good question and the answer is there is plenty of things to do in Cozumel during Carnaval this year.  Every year the local officials try to do bring new performing artists and other ideas toCarnaval Cozumel 2016 Carnaval almost as if they are in competition with themselves from the year prior.  Carnaval competitions and events have often taken place further in town at a club called, “Moby Dick” and this year much to the chagrim of many locals these will be held right in downtown at the Municipal park right on the mainstreet. The city officials have constructed a temporary hall for such events in the hopes of allowing more tourists to see more of carnaval than what they may have missed in prior years, as the club where they were held is much further in town.

This year expect all the usual events such as Costume King competitions for different age groups, the Parades are the biggest events and with the most attendance, dance competitions, Concerts by popular Mexican Artists and much more.  The events begin mid January and Carnaval comes to an end on Feb 10th 2016.  For more information you can ask any of us at Discover Mexico Cozumel.  Here is a link to the Carnaval Cozumel 2016 events calendar courtesy of Cozumel insider.

Carnaval in Cozumel

Time for Carnaval in Cozumel! – Cozumel Travel Tips


Cozumel is a massive island, one of Mexico’s largest islands. Cozumel island is one of the safest locations in Mexico and offers endless possibilities as there is always a wide variety of great Things To Do Cozumel.  If you are planning to visit Cozumel on your Carnival in Cozumelnext vacation and you already have your Cozumel Tours all planned, you have to consider spending enough time to take advantage of all the amazing things Cozumel has to offer. Before traveling to Cozumel, you have to plan ahead to know the best time to visit and get better acquainted with some of its world famous events taking place during these periods. One of the best times of the year is to visit Cozumel during the “Carnaval de Cozumel”.  Carnaval is similar to the carnival celebrations in Brazil but organized in a much safer place.  There is so much to do and colorful things to see during Carnaval in Cozumel.

Carnaval Cozumel is fun island tradition celebrating an eclectic mix of cultures. Dating as far back as the late 18th century, Cozumel Carnaval started off when young people dressed in Cozumel Carnavalbeautiful costumes known as “Comparsas” or “Estudiantinas” took to the streets of Cozumel with their lovely songs and amazing dance steps. The Carnaval Cozumel which takes place every year offers tourists the opportunity to see vibrant, colorful parades that incorporate a wide range of performing groups and several beautiful costumes. The streets are usually filled with locals and tourists hours before the parade begins. On parade days, spectators will be entertained with loads of fascinating activities and also catch great view of the parade antics to delight the senses. Here you’ll find beautifully dressed harem girls, cowboys, kid wagons, Royal Court floats, butterfly stiltmen, dance groups, and lots more.

For an opportunity of having a clearer view of the colorful parades, it is advisable to be out on the streets hours before the commencement of the carnival to choose a perfect and convenient spot for yourself. The Carnaval Cozumel is one of the major fascinationsCarnaval in Cozumel of Cozumel that attracts thousands of tourists annually who come to enjoy the festivities and experience remarkable fun. Before the parades, you will see individuals and groups dancing all over the streets of Cozumel. The atmosphere is filled with excitement and since most of the streets are filled with people, there is usually heavy traffic on the roads. Every year, it is tradition for Carnavaleros to exchange candies and flowers with onlookers, and you might be fortunate enough to be selected.

Most of the people who took part in the parades are among those selected after competing for prizes. Each group is made up of at least 40 dancers. In order to ensure the event is as colorful and entertaining as ever, participants undergo several months of training and preparation.

Carnaval de Cozumel is usually celebrated the week before Mardi-Gras and Fat Tuesday in the month of February annually. If you are looking for the best time to visit Cozumel, you should consider traveling during the Cozumel carnival month. Plan your trip to Cozumel at this time and witness for yourself the fun, colorful costumes and lovely parades. There is no better time to visit than during the Cozumel Carnival celebration. It is without doubt an event not to miss out on.  So Discover Mexico invites you to come enjoy Carnaval in Cozumel!