Carnaval Fat Tuesday

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Date(s) - Feb 13, 2018
10:45 am-3:00 pm

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The Ajijic Plaza

The Carnaval Fat Tuesday parade (also known as Mardi Gras Parade) is by far the funniest Lakeside event you wouldn’t want to miss. It takes place the second Tuesday of every February. Carnaval always starts on January 6th and the last day is midnight before ash Wednesday. During this time celebrations, parties and get together take place. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of forty days of prayer, obligations, fasting and confessions. So you can see why Fat Tuesday is a huge blow out celebration

The parade starts on 16 de Septiembre street and ends at the Ajijic Plaza, the best place to see it is on the corner of Morelos and Colon. Remember to bring a camera, there is much to photograph. Also take caution and do not be offended if flour is thrown on you, which will happen 99% of the time, since the ¨Zayacas¨ (men dressed as women) throw flour on the crowd and children to sway off evil spirits. Decorated floats, marching bands and even expats take place in this parade. Many of the participants are local organizations and business’s joining in on the fun and advertising their company. Make sure you don’t miss this event, it is a hoot. You can see more pics in our photo gallery and blog where we have written about the event.

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3 Comments → “Carnaval Fat Tuesday”

  1. Dini

    Mar 14, 2016

    It appears there is some confusion regarding the date of Fat Tuesday, 2017.
    The websites I have checked state it will be Feb. 28, 2017.


  2. Beth

    Jan 16, 2017

    Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of lent in the Christian Calender. Lent is a period of fasting, prior to Easter. This fasting period is for 40 days, (excluding Sundays). In 2017 Easter Sunday is April 16th, therefore Ash Wednesday is March 1st and Shrove Tuesday, now known as Fat Tuesday is January 28th.
    Note in 2018 Fat Tuesday will be on February 14th.
    Easter Sunday is not a fixed date. It is calculated as the first Sunday, following the first full moon, following the spring equinox which on a calendrical basis is March 21st.

    Sorry for the lengthy comment. It is probably a lot more detail than many readers would be looking for.


  3. Peter

    Mar 02, 2017

    I think it’s the other “flower” you want (flour). It’s great fun.


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