February saw hundreds of people take to the streets of Cancun for its colorful, Mardi Gras-style Cancun Carnival, which took place this year February 28 to March 4. A carnival queen and “happiness king” (Rey de la Alegría) for 2014 were selected to represent the city for one of Cancun’s most popular festivals.
While Cancun Carnival marks the start of Lent in the Christian calendar, visitors and locals alike delight at the revelry and parades that take place every February just before the start of Lent’s 40 days of fasting until Easter’s Holy Week. During Carnival, Cancun’s streets become teeming with colorful decorations and costumes, dancers, musicians, stilt-walkers and decorated floats in a medley of multicolored festivities.
This year, Cancun Carnival was a family affair dedicated to clean, healthy fun for all ages and was held in Region 228, in Cancun’s Downtown area so that both locals and tourists could enjoy the carnival’s vibrant and dynamic entertainment. In addition to spectacular parades through Cancun’s streets, there were concerts and exhibitions open to all as well as a wonderful selection of Mexican and Caribbean cuisine.
Cancun Carnival is a truly magical time to visit, and you will be blown away by the colorful costumes, lively music and the warm hospitality of Cancun’s locals – a definitely Caribbean affair.