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The dates for Cozumel Carnival 2020 have been confirmed, and the biggest celebrations and parades will be on the nights of Saturday, February 22; Sunday, February 23 and Fat Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

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The island's spectacular annual Mardis Gras has over 140 years of history and is held around February every year, although the exact dates vary.

Cozumel Carnival 2020

The full week of main events will be from Wednesday, February 19 to Wednesday, February 26, 2020. In the weeks before the main events there is also an exciting program of "pre-Carnival" warm-up events, including the presentation and election of Carnival Kings and Queens, with dancing, performances, and live music from top singers and groups.

For more details see the full Cozumel Carnival 2020 program published below.

Cozumel Carnival 2016

'Fat Tuesday' concludes events every year with dazzling technicolor processions along Cozumel's downtown oceanfront. Costumed revellers battle in dancing competitions and bands play live music around the city.

People line the street, dancing with the performers and catching gifts that are showered on them. After the oceanfront extravaganza, the music keeps playing and parties continue well into the night.

Then, on the Wednesday after Fat Tuesday, the closing ceremony is held with the traditional burning of Juan Carnaval.

 

Cozumel Carnival 2020 Program

In 2020, the main parades will be on Saturday, February 22; Sunday, February 23 and Fat Tuesday, February 25, see the full program below.

Pre-Carnival Events

 

Sat, Jan 25

Welcome and Introduction of King and Queen candidates with dancing and performances. Live performance by Manuel Turizo.

10pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Jan 26

First public presentation of the King and Queen candidates in costume.

7pm, City Hall Park - Parque Quintana Roo *FREE*

Sat, Feb 1

Presentation of the King and Queen candidates with costumes and dancing. Live performance by El Fresa y la Sentencia.

10pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Feb 2

Second public presentation of the King and Queen candidates in costume.

7pm, City Hall Park - Parque Quintana Roo *FREE*

Fri, Feb 7

Ladies' Show

5pm til late, Convention Center *TICKET*

Sat, Feb 8

Dancing and Voting for Cozumel Carnival King and Queen.

10pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Feb 9

Announcement of winners and grand public presentation of elected Carnival King and Queen.

7pm, City Hall Park - Parque Quintana Roo *FREE*

Fri, Feb 14

Dancing and Voting for Diversity King and Queen. Live music by Nani Mamú y Sus Estrellas.

10pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sat, Feb 15

Dancing and Voting for Cozumel Carnival Youth King and Queen. Live music by Yerbabuena.

10pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Feb 16

Dancing and Voting for Cozumel Carnival Children's King and Queen.

6pm, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Carnival Events

 

Wed, Feb 19

Grand Opening and Coronation of Carnival Kings and Queens. Live music by Alma Libre.

7pm, City Hall Park - Parque Quintana Roo *FREE*

Thu, Feb 20

Group Competitions - Kindergarten and Infant School Categories. Presentation of the Special King and Queen.

4pm, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Fri, Feb 21

Costume Competitions - Baby, Kindergarten and Infant School Categories, and Pets.

10am, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

 

Group Competitions - Youth and Open Categories. Live music from Alma Libre.

10pm, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sat, Feb 22

First Grand Carnival Parade.

6pm, Oceanfront Downtown *FREE*

 

Masked Ball, Costume Contest and Empress Show. Live music from Reik.

10pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Feb 23

Second Grand Carnival Parade.

6pm, Oceanfront Downtown *FREE*

 

Public Concert. Live music from Los Super Lamas.

10pm, City Hall Park - Parque Quintana Roo *FREE*

Mon, Feb 24

Big Color 5k Race.

4pm, Oceanfront Flag Plaza *FREE*

 

Tropical Ball, presentation of the Ladies Show Queen and traditional, comical Torito Wacax-Ché show. Live music from Chico Che Chico and La Sonora Tropicana.

p>10pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Tue, Feb 25

FAT TUESDAY - Final Grand Carnival Parade.

6pm, Oceanfront Downtown *FREE*

 

Public Grand Finale Concert. Live music from Chayanne.

After the parade, City Hall Park - Parque Quintana Roo *FREE*

Wed, Feb 26

Awards Ceremony and Traditional Burning of Juan Carnaval

7pm, City Hall Park - Parque Quintana Roo *FREE*

*FREE* - Free event open to public: arrive early! *TICKET* - ticketed event requires advance purchase of tickets from booth at City Hall or on door in some cases, subject to availability. Events may be subject to change without notice.

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