Carnaval La Paz 2018 is Here!

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*February 8th to the 13th on the Malecon of La Paz


As it does every year, La Paz will transform itself into one big, public street party. The traditional Carnaval La Paz will be kicking off on Thursday, February 8th. Organizers are promising a well-organized, safe event so prepare yourself for an unusually busy, bright and festive malecon with plenty to buy, eat and drink as well as large crowds and never ending entertainment.

In regards to public services, officials have noted that municipal workers along the entire Carnaval area will perform daily cleaning and garbage collection and public restrooms will be provided along the waterside of the malecon.

Construction on the renovation of the malecon has been halted until Carnaval ends.

The Department of Public Safety, Police and Municipal Transit are preparing the security operation. The department announced they would be out in full force around the Carnaval area without neglecting the rest of the city. They will work with state and federal agencies as well as voluntary groups to have the safest event possible. Their plan is to host an incident free event as in previous years where all attendees can enjoy the great party.

It is important to note that all events during Carnaval La Paz are completely free (except for special seating on Saturday and Sunday night at the main stage) for the enjoyment of the audience.

Live entertainment on the main stage (the kiosk of the malecon located on Abasolo and the start of 16 de Septiembre) will be held every night with high profile, national performers.

The traditional Carnaval parades will run on Sunday, February 11th, Monday the 12th and Tuesday the 13th. The parade normally starts at 5:00 in the afternoon but stay tuned as the start time may change.

Carnaval is an annual event held in major cities in Mexico and in other parts of the world (Rio de Janeiro) that generally occurs the week before Lent with all activities ending by Ash Wednesday, or the start of Lent.

Please note that during the six days of Carnaval, the malecon in La Paz will be shut down to traffic by early afternoon and booths, tables, tents and makeshift stages will be set up along both sides of the street to sell unusual wares or fantastic food, or to host carnaval games and music.

Photo courtesy of Gabriel Heredia.

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