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Merida Carnival 2024: dates, artist line-up and everything you need to know

Merida, the captivating city in Yucatan, Mexico, is a vibrant tapestry of culture and natural beauty. One of its annual highlights is the Merida Carnival, an eagerly anticipated celebration attracting global visitors. With the theme "Re-Evolution: From Fantasy to Innovation," the Merida Carnival 2024 promises an unforgettable experience. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the essential details, including dates, the impressive artist line-up, concert highlights, and everything you need to know to make the most of this grand celebration. Additionally, discover the perfect accommodation at Villa Merida Boutique Hotel, offering a cultural oasis in the heart of the festivities.


From February 7th to February 14th, Merida will come alive with the Merida Carnival 2024, a five-day extravaganza featuring events, parades, concerts, and cultural performances, creating an atmosphere of joy and celebration throughout the city.

Artist Line-Up:

The carnival's stellar artist line-up includes renowned names such as Arrolladora Banda El Limón, Matute, HaAsh, and Nicky Jam, ensuring a diverse musical experience for attendees.

Concert Highlights - Ciudad Carnaval:

In addition to the main artist line-up, Ciudad Carnaval will host a series of exciting concerts, enhancing the carnival experience:

  • Wednesday, February 7th: Merenglass kicks off the festivities during the "Quema del mal humor."
  • Friday, February 9th: DJ Steve Aoki headlines the "Electric Carnival Night," while the charismatic "Wanders Lover" adds glamour to the parade.
  • Saturday, February 10th: Matute takes the stage at the "Escenario Mérida," with actors Alexandra Fretes and Miguel Martínez accompanying the vibrant floats.
  • Sunday, February 11th: Ha*Ash enchants the audience at Ciudad Carnaval, and Kim Flores, Cecilia Galiano, and Fuzz add flair to the bachata parade.
  • Monday, February 12th: Laura León, "la tesorito," and "Cleyver y su nueva imagen" grace the "Zona tropical" of Ciudad Carnaval. During the regional parade, Mariana Echeverría and the "Mascabrothers," Freddy and Germán Ortega, will greet the attendees.
  • Tuesday, February 13th: Nicky Jam concludes the artistic lineup at Xmatkuil, with Eugenio Siller, Tefi Valenzuela, Alex Sirvent, David Ortega, and Catriona participating in the festive procession.

Events and Activities:

Beyond the musical extravaganza, the Merida Carnival 2024 unfolds a tapestry of events and activities:

Parades: Each day boasts a different theme, showcasing the region's vibrant costumes, traditional music, and captivating dance forms.

Noche Regional: An evening celebrating the cultural heritage of the region, with traditional costumes and music taking centre stage.

Festival Música: A free music festival encompassing various genres, offering local and international talents a platform to shine.

Ciudad Carnaval: A dedicated space ensuring enhanced safety, comfort, and services for families, featuring rides, food stalls, and live performances.

Plan Your Visit:

For those planning to immerse themselves in the Merida Carnival 2024, careful planning is key:

Accommodation: Book your accommodation in advance to secure the best options, as the carnival draws a substantial crowd. Villa Merida Boutique Hotel seamlessly blends modern comfort with the city's rich cultural heritage. Located in the heart of Merida's historic centre, Villa Merida captures the essence of the region's architecture, offering a unique and authentic experience during the carnival.

Transportation: Merida offers excellent transportation links, including an international airport. Plan accordingly and consider using public transportation or taxis to navigate the city during the festivities.

Safety and Security: While the carnival radiates joy, it's crucial to remain vigilant. Keep an eye on belongings, stay with a group, and adhere to safety guidelines provided by the organizers.

The Merida Carnival 2024 is poised to be an extraordinary celebration, fusing culture, music, and pure joy. With its impressive artist line-up, vibrant parades, and a diverse array of events, this carnival promises to craft memories that linger in the heart. Whether you're a local or a visitor, mark your calendars for this magical event and prepare to be swept away by the enchantment of the Merida Carnival.