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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