The origins of Mazatlan’s Carnival date back to the 19th century which dominated the grotesque over the graceful thing, because during the festivities were used perfumed flour and shells filled with tinsel for women; and flour, negrumos and pigments for men. It was until 1898 when a meeting of notable citizens headed by the Dr. Martiniano Carvajal organized a parade of carriages and bicycles on the main streets of Mazatlan, where the use of the confeti, leaving behind the festivities with flour.
By 1900, the North American Wilfrida Farmer emerged as the first Queen of Mazatlan’s Carnival and paraded mounted in a beautiful black steed whose joy influenced to the presents. In the same space is held the first masked ball in front of the Plazuela Machado, which until today is one of the hearts of the carnival celebrations.
Nowadays Mazatlan’s Carnival is one of the most recognized and important celebrations in Mexico and is organized by the Municipal Institute of Culture, Tourism and Arts of Mazatlan, which principal aim is to spread and promote the artistic and cultural values of the port internationally. Inside these festivities you will be able to enjoy beautiful art shows and exhibitions where the culture and the party interlace, for example: the Evening of the Arts, Crown the King of Joy, the Queen of the Floral Games, the Queen of Carnival, the Queen Child, Burning of Humor, Naval Combat, Parade of allegoric cars, Election of the International Pacific Queen, among others.