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Carnaval Time in Playa Del Carmen

Carnival in Playa Del Carmen

Carnival in Playa Del Carmen

Mention “carnival” and thoughts of Brazil and Caribbean carnivals come to mind. While the carnival in Playa is not as wild, it is growing in popularity each year and a nice way to see a lot of participation from the youth of Playa. The parade goes through town on multiple nights. It usually starts on 5th Avenue on the south end at Juarez Avenue. The parade marches up the busy pedestrian 5th Avenue and then when it reaches Constituyentes Avenue the floats are added into the parade. They march until the Plaza Municipal and then a large stage is set for dancing and music into the night!

When is the Carnival in Playa Del Carmen?

Look for the carnival to take place in late February and early March. For 2020 the carnival is February 20th to February 25th. The dates and official program can be found on the  official website here.
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Where is the Carnival route in Playa Del Carmen?

This year the route has been changed to start in Constituyentes and goes down to 1st. Avenue and then back up Constituyentes to 30th Avenue. It then goes down 30th to 8th Street where it ends in the park.

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Carnival route for Playa Del Carmen

Here is our video from the Carnival in Playa Del Carmen 2017

Our video from 2014 of Carnival in Playa Del Carmen.

Have you been to Carnival in Playa Del Carmen before? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

21 Comments on Carnaval Time in Playa Del Carmen

  1. Does anyone know the 2017 dates for the carnival that takes place in player del Carmen around february

    • Mr.Yucatan // August 22, 2016 at 6:29 PM //

      Hello Angie

      No dates for the carnival yet in 2017. They do tend to announce it late in the year. Last year we only found our about three weeks in advance. We will try to find our for you and post it when we know.

  2. Catholic Traveler // October 3, 2016 at 7:24 PM //

    Ash Wednesday is March 1, 2017, so it will likely be the week before.

  3. Does anyone know if it is likely that there will be parades/concerts at the Municipal Park Mon.,Feb.27 though Wed.,Mar 1 2017? Ash Wed. is March 1. Or will they more likely to be the week before Feb 27? I am concerned about noise at my hotel Feb.27 -Mar.3 across the street from that park.Thank you.

    • Mr.Yucatan // January 4, 2017 at 9:35 AM //

      Hello Kathy

      We don’t think it should be much of an issues. There is no schedule out and part of the issues with events in Playa Del Carmen, thing are always announced a week before they happen. If there is the parade, it will go down 5th and then wind through the city and back to the park. There are concerts there but most of the surrounding blocks will hear it when it does happen. Most of the time it ends around 11pm.

  4. what date will be the carnival parade of Playa del Carmen in 2018 ?

    Thank you for answering me

  5. I am in Playa as I type, and just saw the map of the parades, just a couple questions…are there parades every night? The concerts that are listed on flyer are held where? And is there any way, place to purchase a 2018 carnival poster? I also want to thank you for great articles/information, from transport, food, and just everyday stuff that has made our trip much easier, thank you!!

    • Mr.Yucatan // February 7, 2018 at 2:38 PM //

      Hello Timberly

      The concerts are at the Palacio Municipal which is at 8th Street and 20th Avenue. The parades are done twice. Usually once during the week and Saturday evening is the second parade. No one sells posters but after you might find some around town that you can take for free.

  6. Anyone know the dates for the Carnival parade at Playa Del Carmen for 2019? Also, will the parade include going down 5th Ave?

    • Hello Bob

      They usually don’t announce it until about 3 weeks before. We know it would be nice to have it soon. We will post it when we hear about details.

  7. Ash Wednesday in 2019 will be March 6. Any info on when Carnival events will be held? I’ll be there then, and sure would like to see some things.

  8. Any dates yet?? Bob // November 9, 2018 at 5:04 PM // Reply
    Anyone know the dates for the Carnival parade at Playa Del Carmen for 2019? Also, will the parade include going down 5th Ave?
    Mr.Yucatan // November 12, 2018 at 10:53 AM // Reply
    Hello Bob
    They usually don’t announce it until about 3 weeks before. We know it would be nice to have it soon. We will post it when we hear about details.

    • Mr.Yucatan // January 26, 2019 at 6:40 AM //

      Hello Darrell

      We have updated the article with the current date of the carnival in Playa Del Carmen. It is much later this year. It will be Feb 28-March 5th.

  9. Hello,
    My wife & I will be in PDC Sat March 2nd … & are looking for details on the Carnaval parades & other Carnaval Events. Do I understand it correctly that there are two parades. ? What are the dates and times of these ? I have watched the videos of past Carnaval parades & we are hopeing to be there this year. Thank you for your reply.

    • Hello Jim

      We just tried to look for the information on the official City website but do not see it now. There are several parades that are the same, they just do it several times. All other events are held in front of the City Hall on 2oth Avenue between 8th and 10th Street. There should be a parade on Saturday in the evening. It is usually around 6pm.

  10. We have been attending the Carnaval for 3 years as we live in a condo near by. It would be nice if they could announce the upcoming events at the venue also in English for the tourists as we can never find the info anywhere or have a web site that tourist can use as a reference.

    • Mr.Yucatan // February 28, 2019 at 2:42 PM //

      This is a very good point since Playa Del Carmen is a tourist destination and the Carnival has grown in size each year. We get more people asking about it and planning their time around it.

  11. It says a parade every night ending at the municipal plaza. Is that correct or is it only certain days?

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 1, 2019 at 8:14 AM //

      Usually the parade is not everyday. There are multiple parades and they do end at the Municipal Plaza.

  12. Mireille Guilbault // March 5, 2019 at 3:44 PM //

    today,March 5, 2019 where is the route of the parade,
    thank you

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