Carnival Mérida Yucatan 2024: Unleashing the ”Carnival Spirit” and The “Jubilation Festival”

Thursday, September 21, 2023

The joy, music, rhythm, and vibrant colors that define the Mérida Carnival will soon fill the city with the “Carnival Spirit” and the “Jubilation Festival” starting on September 22nd and extending until December with more than 20 exciting activities. This announcement was made by the city authorities, led by Mayor Renán Barrera Concha, and Oscar Cambranes Basulto, Secretary of the Mérida Carnival Executive Committee.

Following the success of last year, the goal is to foster enthusiasm and engagement for Carnival 2024 from now on, with a decision to once again organize events like the “Jubilation Festival”

The festivities will start on September 22nd 7pm with the opening of the “Jubilation” exhibition at Pasaje Picheta, (Calle 61 x 60 y 62) showcasing costumes and images from the 2023 Carnival. Visitors will have the opportunity to admire the attire worn by the Carnival royalty and winners of the parades, among others.

Also on September 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Palace Courtyard, (Calle 62 x 61 y 63)  the theme for Carnival 2024 will be unveiled. And concert of Muziek will follow in front of the Municipal Palace at 8pm.

September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. marks the “Jubilation Festival” a procession featuring multiple parades and various stages hosting musical performances. The route will cover the barrios magicos or “magical neighborhoods” of San Juan, the magical district of La Ermita, and San Sebastián. Along the 900-meter route, there will also be bazaars featuring local entrepreneurs, gastronomy, and the “Adopt a Carnival” program.

On September 24th at 7:00 p.m., a grand “Vaquería” dance will take place at the Municipal Palace Courtyard, (Calle 62 x 61 y 63) featuring the participation of around 500 traditional jarana dancers from not only Mérida but also several municipalities in Yucatán.

Another program to be implemented is “La Pachanga,” which will bring musical shows to neighborhoods and villages in Mérida. The dates for these presentations will be announced soon.

The Carnival spirit will also be present at other events promoting this grand city celebration, such as the Expo Fair of Commerce, the Festival of Souls, and the Yucatán Fair in Xmatkuil.

For more details about the upcoming activities, you can visit the Mérida Carnival Committee’s website

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