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4 Mexican Festivals for Your Bucket List


Carnaval Mexico

Also known as a “celebration of the libido,” Carnaval is the Mexican equivalent of Mardi Gras. If you really want to party, take a trip to Veracruz or Mazatlán the week prior to Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of a 40-day Lent before Easter. Basically, everyone indulges in the best food, drinks and music right before they abstain for 40 days. Mazatlan’s Carnaval is attracts hundreds of thousands of people from Mexico and the U.S., making it the third largest event behind Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro and Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

4 Mexican Festivals for Your Bucket List

Expect parades, parties, vendors, concerts, fireworks, food, drinks and some crazy people-watching. Costumes to be seen in the crowd vary from bright colors and traditional Mexican styles to cross-dressing to parodies of political figures. Much like the New Orleans Mardi Gras, Carnaval festivities go on all night, until they come to a close five days later.

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.


  1. Jackie Lewis

    I was unaware how many festivals Mexico had annually–6000 is so many! The fact they are all so unique and deeply ingrained into the culture is amazing.Thank you for giving times, dates, and other festivals that are similar. It will be interesting to visit these festivals and then going to see the differences by visiting another festival.

  2. Jessica Carlson

    I’m a huge fan for traveling. I believe it is the only way that I can live a thousand lives in this one lifetime. I am always on the lookout for travel tips and ideas. Haven’t been to Mexico yet, but I agree that the best way to enjoy and appreciate a new place is not just to see it’s physical beauty, but to get to interact with the people and see their culture. That would surely afford us new perspectives in life and greater appreciation to other peoples and cultures.

    Mexico just made it in my Bucket List. Thank you.

  3. Lyn Donovan

    You know, I just watched the movie “The Book of Life” and it features Cinco de Mayo, Dia de los Muertos, and other colorful customs there. This article shows real pictures of the festivals and they loo beautiful!
    I wonder what it would be like to witness them personally… XD

    • I love the Book of Life! My 4 year old son also likes it. It was a revelation to learn so much about my culture through a children’s movie! A must watch. In hi-def with surround sound if possible!

  4. Vienne Montgomery

    Most people primarily associate Mexico with their food. However, there is a lot more to that. These kinds of articles should be written and of course, should be read by a lot of people, too, so that everyone would be aware of Mexico’s rich culture and tradition. Will definitely share this one to my friends in social media. Sharing is caring, am I right? 😀

    PS Hillary Rowland always knows what to write and feature!

  5. I didn’t realize how dynamic Mexico is. It’s funny how we take cinco de mayo so seriously in the US when it’s really just an excuse for people to get drunk. I like the idea of heading down to Mexico for the day of the dead. Would be so cool/creepy!

    • Vienne Montgomery

      Agreed! It would be really cool to travel there!

  6. Courtney Watson

    Great article! This just proves that Mexico has a rich and colorful history and culture 🙂 Would love to pay a visit early next year!

  7. I’ve learned something new today — that Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico’s Independence day celebration. This is a great read! Indeed, Mexico is an interesting place to visit!

  8. Sandra Brown

    Am I right to think that “Dia De Los Muertos” is comparable or similar to Halloween celebrations of other parts of the world?!

  9. I read somewhere that “Cinco de Mayo” has been forgotten or no longer celebrated. But it’s great to know that it’s not really forgotten and that Mexicans still commemorate the event 🙂 I love attending colorful festivals and I’m adding these to my bucket list. Nice!

  10. Mmm… Looking forward to attending Carnaval Mexico! I enjoy Mardi Gras and if this festivity is much like it, then I’m sure this is a “must-NOT-miss” festival!

  11. Wow! Wonderfully written article! You’ve just given me “more reasons” to re-visit Mexico. With beaches and tequila aside, I’m sure I’m going to have an exciting vacation 🙂

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