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What are those creepy statues on the side of the highway?...

Elephants, iguanas and a Maya princess peer beyond the overgrown bush of a large fenced-off lot with no signs explaining their existence. We hazard some guesses.

Progreso mayor says no to ‘Citizen Carnaval’

It looks like Progreso's "Citizen Carnaval" planned for Feb. 26 will not be happening after all, at least on the Malecon. 

Ignoring City Hall, Progreso residents plan Citizen Carnaval’

Residents of Progreso have decided to go ahead with Carnaval celebrations on Feb 26, despite a clear rebuke from City Hall. 

New proposal brings Mérida’s Carnaval back to the Centro

But the plan would not see Carnaval return to Paseo de Montejo, but rather move it to the Parque de la Plancha.

Who remembers when Mérida celebrated Carnaval in the Centro?

https://youtu.be/RwpHysQvao4 It's been eight years since downtown Mérida celebrated Carnaval. Anyone who has moved to Mérida after 2013 probably hasn't seen it. Even before Carnaval 2021...

Carnaval was cancelled, but its committee got paid in full

Despite its cancellation, Méridas's carnaval cost taxpayers over 4 million pesos. The expenses were necessary, said city hall official, Fausto Sánchez López. Most of the money...

Mérida cancels virtual Carnaval, promising to focus on COVID instead

Mayor Renán Barrera Concha has announced the cancellation of Mérida's 2021 Carnaval, which had already been scaled back to a virtual program. The Mayor made...

Mérida Carnaval to be virtual except for traveling caravan

Mérida Mayor Renán Barrera Concha has announced that the city will not be canceling Carnaval altogether.   The carnival is to be a hybrid event, with...

Huge headliner Juanes returns for Merida’s ‘Nuevo Carnaval’

International pop star Juanes, who rocked Merida Fest in 2011, returns for the "Nuevo Carnaval" this year.

A new, improved Carnaval is promised in Merida

Merida, Yucatan — With a restructuring aimed at a stronger theme and more innovative parade, the city's Carnaval committee seeks a million visitors at the...

Tourism council: Carnaval can’t return to Paseo de Montejo

The Paseo de Montejo doesn't have the capacity to absorb annual Carnaval festivities, the outgoing president of the local tourism business council said.

Mérida Carnaval divides mayoral candidates

Annual Carnaval celebrations moved from the Centro to distant fairgrounds in 2014, but the debate on its location rages on.

Progreso Carnaval marred by drunken brawls, drugs and arrests

A series of Progreso Carnaval low points included a drunken woman removing her own clothes on a DJ stage, a battle of flying beer bottles and several street fights. 

Progreso Carnaval: 25 tons of garbage removed before cruise ship arrives

Unlike Mérida, the port city still celebrates Carnaval within city limits, with a parade along the malecón and concerts on west beach. Managing it is complicated.

Tourism has benefited by kicking Carnaval out of the Centro, says...

Does Carnaval belong in the city center, or out of town? The debate continues.

Carnaval parade brings music, lights and dancing to the fairgrounds

A colorful parade brought fantasy, dancing and music to Plaza Carnaval at the Xmatkuil fairgrounds. 

Carnaval organizers get fairgrounds ready for events

Plaza Carnaval has been whipped into shape, in time for numerous big events that organizers hope are worth the trip.

Carnaval at Progreso rivals the main events at Xmatkuil

More than 80,000 people crowded Progreso's malecón as Carnaval began counting down the the final days of celebration.

For Carnaval, Children’s Parade remains in Centro

Not all of Carnaval has moved to the fairgrounds. The charming Desfile Infantil, the Children's Parade remains in the heart of downtown.

A big push to get people to Carnaval

Organizers of this year's Carnaval, again being held far from the city center, are expanding effort to encourage people to make the effort to attend.