Election of the 2012 Carnaval Queen in Mazatlan
Mazatlan's 114th annual Carnaval got underway this week. It is held every year prior to Ash Wednesday and is billed as the third largest carnival of its kind in the world (after those held in Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans). Carnaval's parades, concerts, and cultural festivals attract thousands of visitors to this Mexican resort city popular among Canadian vacationers.
The theme of this year's celebration is "Fiesta of the Empires." Highlights of the 2012 Mazatlan International Carnaval schedule include the following events:
·Coronation of the King of Joy – Olas Altas.
·Coronation of the Queen of Floral Games – Teodoro Mariscal Stadium.
·Live music and dancing on the streets - Olas Altas.
·Coronation of the Queen of Carnaval – Teodoro Mariscal Stadium.
·Burning of Bad Mood and the Naval Battle Festival of Lights – Olas Altas.
·First Carnaval parade – Fishermen’s monument.
·Coronation of the Child Queen – Teodoro Mariscal Stadium.
·Second Carnaval Parade – Fishermen’s monument.