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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, Fat Tuesday will be on February 13, and the UNCONFIRMED dates for the main week of events are Wednesday, February 7 to Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

So, the biggest celebrations and parades are expected on the nights of Saturday, February 10; Sunday, February 11 and Fat Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

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 we can expect the closing ceremony and traditional burning of Juan Carnaval.

In 2017, pre-Carnival events ran from January 28 to February 19, and the real Carnival started on February 22, in 2017.

Cozumel Carnival 2017 Program

(The 2018 program will be published here as soon as it is available, which is expected to be in January 2018.)

Pre-Carnival Events

 

Sat, Jan 28

Welcome and Introduction of King and Queen candidates with dancing and performances. Live performance by TropiCuba Show.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Jan 29

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

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

Sat, Feb 4

Presentation of the King and Queen candidates with costumes and dancing. Live performance by La Sonora Dinamita.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Feb 5

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

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

Fri, Feb 10

Ladies Night.

5pm, Convention Center *TICKET - LADIES ONLY*

Sat, Feb 11

Dancing and Voting for Cozumel Carnival King and Queen. Live music by Angelito de la Salsa y su Piquete.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Feb 12

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

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

Fri, Feb 17

Masquerade Ball.

6pm, Sr. Frogs

 

LGTB Diversity Night including star from RuPail's Drag Race Gia Gunn.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sat, Feb 18

Dancing and Voting for Cozumel Carnival Youth King and Queen.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Feb 19

Dancing and Voting for Cozumel Carnival Children's King and Queen. Live music from Lion King, The Musical.

6pm, Moby Dick Hall

Carnival Events

 

Wed, Feb 22

Grand Opening and Coronation of Carnival Kings and Queens.

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

Thu, Feb 23

Dancing Competitions - Infant, Kinder and Elementary School Categories. Special Needs King and Queen Contest.

6pm, Moby Dick Hall

Fri, Feb 24

Costume Competitions - Infant, Kinder, Elementary School and Pet Categories.

10am, Moby Dick Hall

 

Dancing Competitions - All ages and First Ball. Live music from Alex Abreu and Habana D'Primera.

9pm, Moby Dick Hall

Sat, Feb 25

First Grand Carnival Parade.

6pm, Oceanfront Downtown *FREE*

 

Costume Contest and Second Ball. Live music from Celso Piña.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Sun, Feb 26

Second Grand Carnival Parade.

6pm, Oceanfront Downtown *FREE*

 

Public Concert. Live music from Santa Cecilia.

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

Mon, Feb 27

Competitions and Third Ball. Live music from Juan Formell Orchestra and Los Van Van De Cuba.

9pm til late, Moby Dick Hall *TICKET*

Tue, Feb 28

FAT TUESDAY - Final Grand Carnival Parade.

6pm, Oceanfront Downtown *FREE*

 

Public Grand Finale Concert. Live music from Grupo Cañaveral.

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

Wed, Mar 1

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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