This traditional celebration dates back to colonial times, when Emperor Maximilian ruled the country. It has become the most important carnival in Mexico due to its folklore and the large number of visitors it receives every year.
During the burning of the bad mood, which takes place on the first night and is held in the main square (the zocalo), people, events and ideas are set on fire. Politicians, show business stars and criminals, as well as the war, the crisis, the seven deadly sins and the influenza virus have been burned. While performing this ritual, verses or picaresque ballads are read aloud, referring to the character that will be reduced to ashes.
Then the party begins, framed by the coronation of twio children acting as king and queen, the King of Joy and the Queen of the Carnival. There are artistic performances and six joyous parades, which stroll along the Manuel Avila Camacho Boulevard. Dance troupes, batucadas, and cheerleaders participate in these parades.
In every corner of the harbor, the sound of the marimbas (xylophones), guitars and harps can be heard, and people dance to the rhythm of the danzon and the batucadas. The festival comes to an end with the burial of Juan Carnaval (Carnival John) and the funny reading of his will, attended by the carnival king and queen dressed in mourning black.