Carnival 2012 in Playa del Carmen and Cozumel – Feb 15 – 22

Carnival 2012 in Playa del Carmen and Cozumel

February_Cozumel_Carnival featured at www.LetsGoPDC.com

February_Cozumel_Carnival featured at http://www.LetsGoPDC.com

CARNIVAL in COZUMEL is happening February 15th – 22nd, 2012. There are usually some events happening here in Playa del Carmen, but they are smaller and not as widely advertised. For the full experience, you should head to Cozumel. You can catch a ferry from the Playa del Carmen terminal at the foot of Avenue Benito Juarez and the beach. It will be worth the trip!

The festivities of Carnaval peak each year with 3-4 nights of lively, colorful parades that include an incredible array of costumes and performing groups to delight the senses. By mid-day on parade days, Carnavaleros are rushing to get into costume to participate in the parade while crowds begin to line the streets hours in advance securing their own great view of the parade antics.

Parade watchers will see everything from harem girls to cowboys, butterfly stiltmen to kid wagons with pets, Royal Court floats, dance groups, and individuals in costume having fun and enjoying the festivities. All day long before the parades, groups are dancing throughout the streets of Cozumel, traffic is snarled and there’s excitement in the air! Tradition of the past holds that Carnavaleros exchange flowers and candies with the parade watchers however, it seems the Mardi Gra beads are becoming very popular as well!

Many of the parade participants are part of dance groups that have been competing for prizes in the days leading up to the parades. Many Carnavaleros have been participating for so many years in Carnaval that these competition events can get very serious…. in a fun sort of way of course! A typical group consists of at least 40 dancers, male and female, and often times even more. Everyone takes the dance and costume contests very seriously and many months of preparation go into both.

However, the competition is good spirited and everyone gets to be on display in the parades that follow so there are only winners at these events!

Plan to join the festivities and fun each year and witness for yourself that the Carnavaleros not only wear costumes, but smiles as well!

COZUMEL CARNAVAL SCHEDULE

Below you will find the schedule for the events happening in Cozumel for this years Carnaval festivities.
Dance Costume Competitions & Parades
February 15 – Wednesday
Parque Quintana Roo
Open to the Public
8:00pm
Farewell of the Carnaval Royalty of 2011
Opening Ceremonies & Coronation of all Carnaval Royalty for 2012
Photos – Cozumel Carnaval 2008 Coronation Night
February 16 – Thursday
Salon Moby Dick
Advance Ticket Purchase Required
10:00am Dance Comparsa Competitions – Kindergarten
5:00pm Dance Comparsa Competitions – Grade School

February 17 – Friday
10:00am – Salon Moby Dick – Infant & Children’s Costume Competition and Pet Costume Parade
9:00pm – Parque Benito Juarez – Free to Public Band & Dancing
9:00pm – Parque Andres Quintana Roo – Free to Public Band & Dancing
10:00pm – Salon Moby Dick
Advance Ticket Purchase Required
High School & Adult Open category Comparsa Dance Competition & Dance
10:30pm – Carnaval Ballet and Introduction of Carnaval 2012 Host Sr. Ferando Ferraez
10:50pm – Show of the Emperors of Carnaval 2012
11:10pm – Young Adults Dance Group Competition Begins
12:10pm – Open Category Dance Competition Begins
2:30am – Judges Decisions and Open Floor Dancing for All

February 18 – Saturday
9:00am – Parque Benito Juarez – Open Food Court, Dancing and Carnaval Vendors All Day & Night
6:00pm – Ave. Raphael Melgar – First General (Open) Procession Parade
Photos – Cozumel Carnaval 2011 Parades
9:00pm – Parque Benito Juarez – Free to Public Band & Dancing
9:00pm – Parque Andres Quintana Roo – Free to Public Band & Dancing
11:00pm – Salon Moby Dick
Advance Ticket Purchase Required
Adult Open Masquerade Costume Contest & Grand Masquerade Dance with BELINDA in Concert

February 19 – Sunday
9:00am – Parque Benito Juarez – Open Food Court, Dancing and Carnaval Vendors All Day & Night
6:00pm – Ave. Raphael Melgar – Second General (Open) Procession Parade
Photos – Cozumel Carnaval 2011 Parades
9:00pm – Parque Benito Juarez – Free to Public Band & Dancing
10:00pm – Parque Andres Quintana Roo – Music for Dancing with La Sonara Dinamita in Concert

February 20 – Monday
9:00am – Parque Benito Juarez – Open Food Court, Dancing and Carnaval Vendors All Day & Night
NOTE: For 2011 No General Parade Scheduled for this night!
HOWEVER in 2011 there was a parade this night since Saturday night rained out!
9:00pm – Parque Benito Juarez – Free to Public Band & Dancing
9:00pm – Parque Andres Quintana Roo – Free to Public Band & Dancing
10:00pm – Salon Moby Dick
Advance Ticket Purchase Required
Big Night of Tropical Dance featuring Los Internacionales Joao

February 21 – Tuesday
9:00am – Parque Benito Juarez – Open Food Court, Dancing and Carnaval Vendors All Day & Night
6:00pm – Ave. Raphael Melgar – Third & Final General (Open) Procession Parade
Photos – Cozumel Carnaval 2011 Parades
9:00pm – Parque Benito Juarez – Free to Public Band & Dancing
10:00pm – Parque Andres Quintana Roo – Grand Closing Show of Carnaval 2012 with Band & Dancing

February 22 – Wednesday
7:30pm
Open to the Public
Benito Juarez Park Downtown
Awards Ceremony and the Burning of “Juan Carnaval”
The ritual of burning Juan Carnaval brings to a close all the activities of the week and life returns to normal until next year!! As you can see, there is a lot going on during Carnaval!! Plan to join in as many of the festivities as you can and become a “Cozumelenian Carnavalero”!!!

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