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Carnival in Mérida: A different travel experience

Dancer at Mérida's carnival parade
Dancer at Mérida's carnival parade© Photo courtesy of Mérida, Yucatán, municipality government.

Carnival season 2014 in Mexico is coming! From February 26 to March 5, visitors may enjoy hundreds of popular celebrations and parades in different cities of the country.

The celebration of carnivals before the Catholic Lent is an ancient, colorful and enjoyable tradition for locals and tourists who seek folklore and fun.

Veracruz, Mazatlán, Campeche and Mérida have some of the most renowned carnivals in the south of the border. The people go out to the streets, dressed in costumes, to dance and play before Catholic believers give up earthly appetites to commemorate the Holy Week.

This year, Mérida city's government at the Yucatán peninsula, is inviting visitors to an eight day thematic festival targeted to family gatherings. Most of the attractions are free and there will be facilities for disabled visitors, so everybody can have a good time with no complications.

For the first time in history, the traditional Mérida’s carnival will include a cultural and entertainment expo as well as a theme park; with amusement rides, parade floats, circus shows, handcrafting activities for kids, music concerts, typical food and other fun attractions.

Round flights from Los Angeles to Mérida cost some US$250 per person and there are hotels and lodges for every pocket. It's time to try a different carnival experience!