Mazatlan's International Carnival
From March 3 to 8, Mazatlan’s festive atmosphere will permeate the city during the 113th edition of the world-renowned traditional International Carnival "The Return of the Muses".
The 2011 Carnival will be a spectacular event, whose celebrants will include local, national and international participants alike, in a 24/7 fiesta that has so well characterized the communal heart of the “Mazatlecos” for over a century.
The activities featured in Mazatlan’s International Carnival include: Official presentation of the candidates for King of Joy, Queen of the Floral Games, Queen of the Carnival, and Infant Queen; Crowning of the King and the Queens; “allegorical vehicles” (carriage floats) parade; the symbolic ritual of the “Bad Mood Burning,” the Naval Battle; the Evening of the Arts; the “Anything Goes” Ball; the “Children’s Ball,” the International Pacific Queen Contest and the recognition of local artists and poets through the “Clemencia Isaura Award” for Poetry, “Mazatlan Award” for literature and the “Antonio López Sáenz Award” for painting.
This year presents four official candidates for King of Joy; ten official candidates for Queen of Carnival and two official candidates for Child Queen.