Carnaval de Veracruz
by Teresa Estudillo
Carnival along the beach
5th- 13th February 2013
Veracruz is well known for its traditional Carnival and friendly people. It is celebrated once a year, nine days before the Catholic period of Lent.Veracruz Carnival is the home of the world’s largest temporary stadium holding the greatest paid annual attendance. Latin America’s most spectacular non-Brazilian Carnaval does not officially claim this title but their total official estimated paid attendance for six paradesbeginning on Carnaval Saturday is 3,000,000. No other parade or Carnaval comes close to what historic Port of Veracruz has done every year since 1923.
The seating set up, like exclusive sky boxes in a stadium, promotes lots of socializing among friends and relatives who know they can leave or arrive late and not lose their coveted position. Hundreds of long-time licensees put up more than double the 200,000 seats erected for Southern California’s New Years Day Rose Bowl Parade A Carnaval spectator gets to enjoy countless Carnaval groups including over 50 plus salsa dance groups (bailes tropicales) and three samba bands.