Visiting Puerto Vallarta at the end of February and looking for a party? You’re in luck! Every year, just prior to Lent, cities across the world indulge a longtime tradition and vibrant celebration known as Carnaval, often culminating with a Mardi Gras parade. And, Puerto Vallarta is one of them. On Tuesday, February 28 at 8
PM, the city will host its ninth annual Mardi Gras parade to observe the occasion.
Promising to be bigger and better than ever, the festivities commence at the Hotel Zone’s Sheraton Hotel, then head south on the Malecón, ending just south of the Los Muertos pier. Throughout the celebration, onlookers will be dazzled by whimsical floats and vivid costumes adorned with sequins, feathers, and bold colors, in an affair that unites the city.
Last year’s Carnaval attracted 30,000 locals and visitors from all walks of life. The event is open to all ages. Masks and costumes are welcome.
Fun fact: Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, refers to the day when Lent-observing individuals eat fattening foods and stock up before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which commences the following day on Ash Wednesday.