Despite having over 400 years of history, Carnaval is a celebration in constant evolution, always remaining part of the identity, customs, and traditions of Mérida.

 

The theme of Mérida’s Carnaval 2024 will be “Re-evolution: From Fantasy to Innovation,” celebrating the first 10 years of Ciudad Carnaval. This venue, on the city’s outskirts, represents a different way to experience our festival, revolutionizing how we enjoy and promote it, through innovative attractions, and a wider entertainment offer to establish our Carnaval as one of the best in México and the world.

 

But the best is yet to come, and this year we are gearing up for the largest edition in history.

 

For reference, the 2023 Mérida Carnaval broke previous attendance records, as 1,150,000 people gathered to enjoy it, as follows:

  • 950,000 in events at Pabellón Carnaval and Ciudad Carnaval
  • 200,000 in Espíritu Carnavalero events
  • 1,288 artists on stage
  • 135 activities held from September 2022 to February 2023

 

We are the world’s first carnival to integrate a music festival and the first music festival to be part of a carnival. With six music stages activated simultaneously for internationally renowned artists spanning various musical genres. All concerts and activities at Ciudad Carnaval are entirely free, including admission and parking. 

 

All concerts have special areas for people with disabilities, seniors, and Mujer Segura (a government program that aims to bring safe spaces for women). We are convinced that in 2024, we will experience the best Carnaval in the history of Mérida!

 

Event program:

Saturday, January 27, Pabellón Carnaval

Coronation of Senior Kings, kings with motor disabilities, and kings with intellectual disabilities

Muziek Gran Band and guests (Caló, GB5, Peewee, and Lalo Gameros from Caballo Dorado)

 

Sunday, January 28, Pabellón Carnaval

Coronation of Children and Youth Kings

 

Tuesday, January 30, Pabellón Carnaval

Cosplay Contest

 

Wednesday, January 31, Pabellón Carnaval

Regional Allegory Contest

 

Thursday, February 1, Pabellón Carnaval

Radio Day

 

Sunday, February 2, Pabellón Carnaval

Children’s Parade Contest

 

Saturday, February 3, Pabellón Carnaval

Coronation of the Carnaval Kings of Mérida 2024
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón

 

Sunday, February 4, Pabellón Carnaval

General Parade Contest

 

Wednesday, February 7, Palacio Municipal

Merenglass, Burning of Bad Mood

 

Thursday, February 8, Palacio Municipal

Children’s Parade

 

Friday, February 9, Ciudad Carnaval

Corso Parade

 

Saturday, February 10, Ciudad Carnaval

Matute on Escenario Mérida
Fantasy Parade

 

Sunday, February 11, Ciudad Carnaval

Ha*Ash on Escenario Mérida
Bachata Parade

 

Monday, February 12, Ciudad Carnaval

Regional Parade

 

Tuesday, February 13, Ciudad Carnaval

Nicky Jam on Escenario Mérida
Battle of the Flowers Parade

 

Wednesday, February 14, Mérida’s Centro

Burial of Juan Carnaval

 

 

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