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Lent Ends, the Party Begins


Parades and More for Carnaval

Hear “Carnaval,” and most people think of parade floats, bright colors, and debauchery. The word actually derives from “carne,” which means meat—the festival celebrates the end of Lent. While Brazil might be the best-known venue for partying, the Baja California Peninsula offers alternative options.

Starting on February 23rd, celebrate Carnaval near Cabo in Ensenada. Over six days, parades, dances, and a royal court offer entertainment for both locals and short-term visitors. On the first night, watch the “quema de mal humor,” during which crowds burn an effigy of a disliked famous person. The ceremony is supposed to eliminate bad moods, ushering in a better time for the rest of Carnaval.