Every year Cozumel has had a carnival since the 1800! In Spanish it is called Carnaval! At The Cozumel Sun, we list the annual carnival and all the activities that take place before and during the week long festival n the Calendar of Events. However, it is a major Cozumel Attraction that brings visitors from all over the world. It is a great time to be in Cozumel! Here are our photographs from Cozumel Carnival 2014.Cozumel Carnival 2014 truly was the greatest show on earth! I was so proud of our little island, the festival exceeded all expectations. Well, 140 years of experience paid off! It all started in 1874 when an American magazine published fragments of the Cozumel Carnival. The praise of the colorful costumes, choreography, and lively music, started the publicity that would lure tourists to the island year after year.
For 140 consecutive years, this event has taken place, making it the oldest and most important presentation in the State of Quintana Roo. Natives and residents of Cozumel as well as tourists enjoy the true carnival spirit each year. Carnival is a holiday in Cozumel and carnival is a family affair with no age limit, everyone participates.Participation in Carnival is a family tradition in Cozumel, that has been passed down from generation to generation. It is such a serious affair, that the planning for Cozumel Carnival 2015 has already started.
All 3,600 hotel rooms that are members of the hotel federation were reported to be filled. There was no data available for the number of tourists staying in private residences, but it was clear by the number of tourists at the grocery stores purchasing food, that many came. This is in addition to the many visitors that come by annually and consider Cozumel their second home. The Ferries from Playa del Carmen were filled to capacity with tourists coming to view the parades all three nights. There were thousands of people in the streets every day and night.
I believe this was the best Carnival ever, 15 comparsas (dance troupes) and over 70 floats participated. The island was alive from Friday morning through Tuesday Night, not just downtown, everywhere on the island, as the dance groups performed their routines in all the neighborhoods. My favorite things this year can both be accredited to our new Mayor Fredy Marufo Martin’s lovely wife, Georgina Ruiz de Marufo. She started the participation of children with disability in Carnival. For the first time in history we had crowned Royalty that have down syndrome. The children of the DIF program had their own float filled with disabled children enjoying the parade and all the attention of Carnival. It brought tears of joy to my eyes.
The second was the Coloreate 5 K Marathon held on Monday, also organized by Cozumel’s First Lady. All proceeds went to the DIF program. There was a $250 pesos entry fee and 800 people participated (70 of them disabled! ). The participants (pictured below, were a work of art, after running the gauntlet of rainbow colors thrown at them in the race.
Here are some of our favorites from 1997, 2002 and 2011. See anyone you know?