Carnaval in Merida

CARNAVAL DATES FOR 2015 ARE FEB. 11-18. BELOW IS THE INFORMATION FOR 2014 TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HOW THE SCHEDULE MIGHT BE IN 2015.

PLEASE NOTE THE XMATKUIL FAIRGROUND LOCATION: SOUTH OF THE PERIFÉRICO BETWEEN CALLE 42 AND CALLE 50. 

As we do every year, the Yucatecans are preparing for a great Carnaval party…because Mérida asked for it and deserves it! This municipal government dares to do things differently, the change of venue for the Carnaval of Mérida to the Xmatkuil fairgrounds south of the city (see our map on page 8 of the magazine or click here) will be called PLAZA CARNAVAL, with ample and sufficient spaces which will offer attendees a great variety of activities and shows for the whole family. Let’s get ready for a renewed Carnaval, with a better party, better spaces and options for mingling, and improved order and security based on a family atmosphere. We want to spread the magic, color, and joy of this Mérida Carnaval 2014 THE KINGDOM OF FUN! FREE ENTRY.

KINGS AND QUEENS 2014:

Children’s Category: Ana Paola Cimé Gongora “Ana Paola I” and Ary Alejandro Colli Campos “Ary I”.

Physical Disability Category: Estela Trinidad Tzuc Meza “Tita I” and Emmanuel Antonio Cardenas Sosa “Emmanuel I”.

Mental Disability Category: Teresita Del Socorro Gonzalez Vazquez  “Teresita I” and German Emmanuel Ortiz Cervantes “German I”.

Seniors Category: María Concepción Mena Che “Conchi I” and Jorge Carlos Ballote Caballero “El Padrino I”. 

Queen: NATALIA VILLANUEVA DENIS “NATALIA I”: Born in Mérida, age 26, degree in Preschool Education, was Miss Youth 2009 and Queen of Maya Coast International 2012, dancer of various disciplines including jazz and folklore. She considers herself an idealist, perseverant, and she has promoted and enjoyed Mérida’s carnaval in various facets, and now will enjoy the most important role as Queen of Carnaval Mérida 2014.

King: KENNY CALDERÓN RODRÍGUEZ “CHAYAK I”: Born in Mérida, age 28, Administration degree, actor, singer, director, and announcer; studied theater at the Centro Estatal de Bellas Artes, and in regional theater he has become known for his character “Chayak”. Kenny sees life in a simple way, but always seeks new challenges to continue his personal and professional growth. He is currently the announcer for the radio program “La Frutería” on the Comadre 98.5 radio station, and from Wednesday to Sunday we can find him on the regional theater stages.

PLAZA CARNAVAL, XMATKUIL, opening and parade times:
Friday, Saturday, Monday: 4 pm - 1 am, parade at 7 pm.
Sunday and Tuesday: 10 am - 10 pm, parade at 1 pm.

The  BURNING OF THE BAD MOOD and the BURIAL OF JUAN CARNAVAL will remain at the Palacio Municipal and Plaza Grande respectively. The Pre-school parade takes place on Thu. Feb. 27 in Centro, from Palacio Municipal to Santa Lucía Park, at 4 pm.

BOX SEAT TICKET SALES:

Mon.-Fri. 9 am - 6 pm
Sat.-Sun. 9 am - 2 pm

Calle 64 No. 493 x 59 y 61 Centro 
Tel: 923 1092 

Complete box for 5 days - (8 seats): purchase from 5-10 Feb., cost 1200 pesos.

Complete box per day (8 seats): purchase from 11-16 Feb., cost 240 pesos.

Pairs of seats (2, 4 or 6 seats - one in front of the other): purchase from 17-23 Feb., (2) 60 pesos (4) 120 pesos (6) 180 pesos.

Individual seat, third row and bleacher seats: at box office at Plaza Carnaval: 30 pesos.

Carnaval schedule for 2014:

Wednesday February 26 
BURNING OF THE BAD MOOD
Palacio Municipal, Calle 62 x 63, Centro
8 pm

Thursday February 27
PRE-SCHOOL PARADE
Palacio Municipal, Calle 62 x 63, Centro, to Parque Santa Lucía, Calle 60 x 55, Centro 
4 pm

Friday February 28
CORSO PARADE
Plaza Carnaval, Xmatkuil
7 pm

Saturday March 1
FANTASY PARADE
Plaza Carnaval, Xmatkuil
7 pm

Sunday March 2
BACHATA PARADE
Plaza Carnaval, Xmatkuil
1 pm

Monday March 3
REGIONAL PARADE
Plaza Carnaval, Xmatkuil
7 pm

Tuesday March 4
PARADE OF THE BATTLE OF THE FLOWERS
Plaza Carnaval, Xmatkuil
1 pm

Wednesday March 5
BURIAL OF JUAN CARNAVAL
Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 63
7 pm

Click here to read a blog about Progreso Carnaval 2013, written by Kelly, a Canadian mom spending some time in Progreso with her 2 kids.

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www.merida.gob.mx/carnaval

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