Mérida’s neighborhoods of La Ermita and Sebastian are preparing to put on a pre-Carnaval gala this coming Saturday.
The events, which will be free, will feature concerts and performances as part of the program that will kick off at 7 p.m.
Also included in the program is a “Mercado Carnaval,” where crafts and snacks will be available for purchase.
Mérida’s actual carnaval will take place from Feb. 7 to Feb. 14.
Check out the entire program of this weekend’s celebrations and other upcoming “pre-Carnaval” events at merida.gob.mx/carnaval.
Though Mérida used to be the best and largest Carnaval in Mexico’s southeast, other cities and towns want to get in on the action and cash in.
In 2023, several towns not especially known for their Carnaval celebrations kicked their spending up considerably, including Mérida´s neighbor to the south, Kanasín.
The theme of Mérida’s 2024 Carnaval is yet to be announced but will surely feature floats, elaborate dance choreographies, and decorations with a tropical flare.
Mérida’s celebrations in 2024 will include events within the city and the historic center, though the main parade and headline acts will be held at the Xmatkuil fairgrounds.