The main festival in this state of Sinaloa is just as lively and pompous as any other in the country, and, unlike other carnivals, it is full of culture and traditions.
The Mazatlan carnival takes place during the five days prior to Ash Wednesday. To the sound of the tambora (a percussion instrument similar to a drum), thousands of visitors and natives are attracted to the most representative festival in Sinaloa. During these days, band music, popular throughout the north of the country, is heard all over the city.
This celebration, dating back more than 100 years, and with beautiful beaches as a background, is also famous because it offers a variety of cultural activities such as poetry contests, awards for literature, music concerts, theater performances and other high quality artistic shows. Those seeking to laugh as if they were children again, can participate in the flour and confetti fights (in which nobody wins or loses, the aim is to simply have fun).
Enrique Vega Ayala, Official Chronicler of Mazatlan, describes the Mazatlan carnival as follows: “never mind the confetti in our mouths or the flour on our heads, what matters is being there, without any inhibitions, enjoying the sensation of living to the excess, until the pocket is empty, or until our energy comes to an end ”.