The word carnival comes from the Latin “carnem levare”, an expression used in the Middle Ages that marked the beginning of the Lent fast.
Campeche’s Carnival is the biggest of our winter festivals celebrated around the country. This festival includes several events like parades, masquerade balls, entertainment, music, and parties that last for two weeks. Occurs immediately before Lent and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday), the day before Ash Wednesday; the main events are usually during February.
Our Carnival is the oldest in Mexico with 430 years of documented history. During this annual festival, people often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations, which mark an overturning of daily life.
The celebrations begin with the burial of “bad mood” represented by a pirate. Also the crowning of the King and Queen of Carnival 2012 and a unique tradition the Children´s Carnival with their own king, queen and special parade. The last crowning is given to “Mexican Artists” as the protagonists of movies or soap opera actors, with free shows of Mexicans and Latin American famous singers like Alejandro Fernandez, Christian Castro, Olga Tañon, Chayanne, Oscar de León, Fanny Lu, etc.
The carnival includes a colorful parade, the carts with children and people wearing costumes are presented through the Boulevard by the Ocean; everything is happiness and joy, showing the true nature of THE CAMPECHANOS, friendly and cheerful people.