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The dates for Cozumel Carnival 2020 have been confirmed, and the biggest celebrations and parades to 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 you can also expect an exciting program of Carnival warm-up events including the election and presentation of Carnival Kings and Queens, with dancing, performances, and live music from top singers and groups.

We'll publish the full Cozumel Carnival 2020 program here as soon as it is confirmed, which is likely to be at the beginning of 2020.

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

We'll publish the full Cozumel Carnival 2020 program here as soon as it is confirmed, which is likely to be at the beginning of 2020.

 

Cozumel Carnival 2019 Program

In 2019 the main parades were on Saturday, March 2; Sunday, March 3 and Fat Tuesday, March 5, 2019, see the full program below.

Pre-Carnival Events

 

Sat, Feb 2

Welcome and Introduction of King and Queen candidates with dancing and performances. Live performance by Christian Castro.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Feb 3

First public presentation of the King and Queen candidates in costume. Live performance by La Banda Cuzamil.

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

Fri, Feb 8

Masked Ball with prizes for best costume for individuals, pairs and groups. Live performance by Jair y Son Latinos.

6pm til late, Sr Frogs *TICKET*

Sat, Feb 9

Presentation of the King and Queen candidates with costumes and dancing. Live performance by Not Yet Confirmed.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Feb 10

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

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

Sat, Feb 15

Ladies' Show

5pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sat, Feb 16

Dancing and Voting for Cozumel Carnival King and Queen.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Feb 17

Announcement of winners and grand public presentation of elected Carnival King and Queen. Live music by Not Yet Confirmed.

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

Fri, Feb 22

Dancing and Voting for Diversity King and Queen. Live music by Lluvia de Estrellas.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sat, Feb 23

Dancing and Voting for Cozumel Carnival Youth King and Queen. Live music by Not Yet Confirmed.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Feb 24

Big Color 5k Race.

3pm, City Hall Park *FREE*

 

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

6pm, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Tue, Feb 26

Pets' Costume Competition.

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

Carnival Events

 

Wed, Feb 27

Grand Opening and Coronation of Carnival Kings and Queens. Live music by Not Yet Confirmed.

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

Thu, Feb 28

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

6pm, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Fri, Mar 1

Costume Competitions - Infant, Kinder and Elementary School Categories.

10am, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

 

Dancing Competitions - All ages and First Ball. Live music from Not Yet Confirmed.

9pm, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sat, Mar 2

First Grand Carnival Parade.

6pm, Oceanfront Downtown *FREE*

 

Costume Contest and Masked Ball. Live music from Manuel Turizo.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Mar 3

Second Grand Carnival Parade.

6pm, Oceanfront Downtown *FREE*

 

Public Concert. Live music from Junior Klan.

9pm, City Hall Park - Parque Quintana Roo *FREE*

Mon, Mar 4

Competitions and Tropical Ball. Live music from Canaveral.

9pm til late, City Hall Park *FREE*

Tue, Mar 5

FAT TUESDAY - Final Grand Carnival Parade.

6pm, Oceanfront Downtown *FREE*

 

Public Grand Finale Concert. Live music from 90s Pop Tour.

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: 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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