A new Cozumel Carnival consultation group met for the first time at the end of last month.

Paloma Cázares Ruiz, spokesperson for the Carnival organizers, said the group's advice is important since it is made up of islanders who have a been heavily involved in previous years' events.

The full program with confirmed dates is also now available for Carnival 2009, the main parades will take place from February 21 to 24, 2009.

 
Cozumel Carnival
Colorful costumes.

The island's spectacular annual Mardis Gras has over 130 years of history and is held around February every year.

The week of main Carnival events concludes every year on 'Fat Tuesday' with dazzling technicolour processions along Cozumel's downtown seafront.

Carnaval Cozumel
Carnival dancers downtown.
 

After the seafront extravaganzas, the music keeps playing and parties continue well into the night.

Costumed revellers battle in dancing competitions and bands play live music around the city.

For more information and the confirmed program of events for 2009 see our Cozumel Carnival section.

More Carnival links:

Fantastic Fat Tuesday.

Carnival Coronation 2008.

Cozumel Carnival King and Queen.

Carnival 2008 Program Announced.

Carnival 2008 Dates Confirmed.

130 Years Of Carnival History.

Mayor's 2007 Carnival Message.

Carnival 2007 Photo Galleries.

Emotional Carnival 2007 Closing Night.

Dancing For A Carnival Dream.

First Carnival 2007 Parade.

Carnival Crazy Cozumel 2007!

Get Ready for Cozumel Carnival 2007.

Carnival 2006 Photo Gallery.