Explanation of Carnaval Dates each year...from a MazInfo post by Jackie Peterson

Carnaval dates -- note the spelling -- have yet to be posted for 2003 but will last one week around the end of February in 2003. Carnaval is a movable feast, the week before Ash Wednesday. On the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, there is usually some sort of show in the Angela Peralta Theater on the occasion when prizes for painting and literature are given out. But this is variable. Here is the fixed schedule: The Friday of Carnaval is always the night of the Juegos Florales pageant, the Saturday is the Queen's Coronation pageant and the Monday, a pageant for the crowning of the juvenile king and queen of Carnaval. All three pageants are held in the baseball stadium and include performances by nationally known (in Mexico) entertainers. For example, last year's juvenile pageant (which might be of greatest interest to your 13-year-old) starred Paulina Rubio who has gone on to immense popularity north of the border. On Saturday night also, around 10 or 10:30 p.m. there's a stunning fireworks display in Olas Altas. On Sunday and Tuesday afternoons of Carnaval, there are parades along Avenida del Mar featuring as many as 3 dozen floats. And, of course, there's the food festival in the Plazuela Machado (better to go Monday or Tuesday in the mid- to late-afternoon hours to beat the crowds), That should give you a better idea of what Carnaval has to offer. For specific information on the stars of the various Carnaval coronation pageants, check the February edition of the Pacific Pearl when you get here. The Carnaval website is, unfortunately, in the hands of civil servants at City Hall who seem totally indifferent as to when and how they post updated information -- in Spanish or in English.

 jackie

{{PS from Rick...the official Carnaval website is: http://www.carnavalmazatlan.com.mx/HomePage/Portada2002.html }}