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 be 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 is 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 to 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.