4 Mexican Festivals for Your Bucket List
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.
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.