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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.

In 2018, the main week of events is from Wednesday, February 7 to Wednesday, February 14, 2018, and the biggest celebrations and parades will be on the nights of Saturday, February 10; Sunday, February 11 and Fat Tuesday, February 13.

Events conclude every year on 'Fat Tuesday' with dazzling technicolor processions along Cozumel's downtown oceanfront.

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

Carnival in Cozumel

Carnival King and Queen.

People line the street, dancing with the performers and catching gifts that are showered on them.

After the cceanfront extravaganza, the music keeps playing and parties continue well into the night.

Then on Wednesday, February 14 the closing ceremony will be held with the traditional burning of Juan Carnaval.

In 2018, pre-Carnival events started on January 13. See the full program below for more details.

 

Cozumel Carnival 2018 Program

This is the official, confirmed program for the Cozumel Carnival 2018.

Pre-Carnival Events

 

Sat, Jan 13

Welcome and Introduction of King and Queen candidates with dancing and performances. Live performance by Willie Colon.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Jan 14

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

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

Sat, Jan 20

Presentation of the King and Queen candidates with costumes and dancing. Live performance by Jair y Son Latinos.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Jan 21

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

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

Sat, Jan 27

Dancing and Voting for Cozumel Carnival King and Queen. Live music by Punto Cero.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Jan 28

Announcement of winners and grand public presentation of elected Carnival King and Queen. Live music by Yoruba Son.

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

Fri, Feb 2

Dancing and Voting for Diversity King and Queen. Live music by Lorena Herrera.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sat, Feb 3

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

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Feb 4

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

6pm, Moby Dick Hall

Tue, Feb 6

Pets' Costume Competition.

6pm, City Hall Park - Parque Quintana Roo *FREE*

Carnival Events

 

Wed, Feb 7

Grand Opening and Coronation of Carnival Kings and Queens. Live music by La Fórmula Perfecta.

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

Thu, Feb 8

Dancing Competitions - Infant, Kinder and Elementary School Categories. Presentation of the Special King and Queen.

6pm, Moby Dick Hall

Fri, Feb 9

Costume Competitions - Infant, Kinder and Elementary School Categories.

10am, Moby Dick Hall

 

Dancing Competitions - All ages and First Ball. Live music from Combo Criollo.

9pm, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sat, Feb 10

First Grand Carnival Parade.

6pm, Oceanfront Downtown *FREE*

 

Costume Contest and Second Ball. Live music from Super Lamas.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Feb 11

Second Grand Carnival Parade.

6pm, Oceanfront Downtown *FREE*

 

Public Concert. Live music from Las Estrellas De Niche.

8pm, City Hall Park - Parque Quintana Roo *FREE*

Mon, Feb 12

Competitions and Third Ball.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Tue, Feb 13

FAT TUESDAY - Final Grand Carnival Parade.

6pm, Oceanfront Downtown *FREE*

 

Public Grand Finale Concert. Live music from Margarita "La Diosa de la Cumbia".

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

Wed, Feb 14

Awards Ceremony and Traditional Burning of Juan Carnaval

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

*FREE* - Free event open to public. *TICKET* - ticketed event requires advance purchase of tickets from booth at City Hall. Events may be subject to change without notice.

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