Over the past few weeks, an important event for the people of the island took place, part of a tradition going back over 140 years
The island of Cozumel recently celebrated the most important event for its people. I’m talking, of course, about Carnaval! For many, it is just a tradition, but for others, it is like a religion!
The pre-carnival started on January 28 and continued until February 19. During this time, people compete for the most beautiful dance and costume awards, and to be elected King and Queen of the Carnival 2017.
From February 22 until March 1, carnaval takes place. Those in attendance would have experienced costume competitions, the coronation of the king and queen, and three crazy nights featuring a parade with music, dance and concerts in the streets of Cozumel.
This event has been going on for more than 140 years and is recognized as one of the eight most representative carnivals of Mexico. It has become a heritage event for the state of Quintana Roo, distinguished by its tourist potential, its cultural aspects, its organization and its family character.
In 1873, author Claude Luther Goodrich Noble, who used to spend six months a year there, mentioned the Carnival of Cozumel in his memoirs. He wrote about “the innocent revelry of the pastories, the parade and pomp of the Carnival” and how “the guitar and violin, bugle and drums are most of the musical instruments, but sadly out of repair.”
In the 1960s, Cozumel began to develop and ceased to be an isolated community. Its discovery by tourists and the creation of the state of Quintana Roo motivated an opening up of the island and the beginning of its population growth. These social and economic changes motivated changes in the carnival too, as at that time ballroom dancing was mainly performed.
During this time of year, Cozumel is completely full. If you wish to attend this amazing event next year, I advise you to book now. For more information, see Facebook/@carnavalcozumel.