Mazatlan Tourism Trust

Mazatlan Tourism Trust

March 11, 2011 08:01 ET

Mazatlan's Carnaval Delivers Spectacular Family-Friendly Entertainment

Carnaval enchanted over 300,000 locals and visitors of all ages.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO--(Marketwire - March 11, 2011) -Mazatlan celebrated this year's Carnaval from March 3rd to 8th. An average of 300,000 people participated in concerts, parades, and the historic "Naval Battle" light show. The iconic fiesta is featured as one of Budget Travel's "20 Spectacular Carnaval Celebrations Around the World". Mazatlan's hotels reported being near capacity during the week.

The Crowning of Carnaval's Floral Games Queen was among the most popular events. Entertainment included a musical tribute to The Beatles and Queen. Maestro Enrique Patron de Rueda directed the Sinaloa Symphony Orchestra, the Angela Peralta and Guillermo Sarabia choirs, as well as the Britania Quintet. 120 artists including musicians and dancers were onstage during this unforgettable performance.

Locals and tourists alike participated in the traditional "burning of bad humor". The ceremony involves burning an effigy that symbolizes any negativity of the past year, so everyone can leave their worries behind and focus on the fiesta. Following the ceremony, crowds lined the seaside boardwalk to watch the historic "Naval Battle". The battle features a fireworks light show that reenacts the port's successful defense against the French invasion of 1864. As Carnaval came to an end, thousands of families joined parades that filled the longest boardwalk in Latin America with color, music and dance.

"Carnaval gets better every year, and 2011 was no exception," says Julio Birrueta, Spokesperson for the Mazatlan Tourism Trust. "The cultural performances reflected our city's rich culture and history." Now that Carnaval has ended, the city looks forward to hosting another wave of visitors for Spring Break, as new non-stop flights are announced by American Airlines' Eagle affiliate.

About Mazatlan:

Mazatlan is located on Mexico's Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Founded in the 16th Century, Mazatlan is Mexico's only seaside colonial city. One in every three travelers that visits Mazatlan is Canadian.

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