Ten Tips for Enjoying Merida’s Carnival

One of the biggest celebrations of the year is here: “Carnaval.”  But to have a good time and avoid problems, you need to exercise some common sense.  Here are some tips for staying out of trouble:

Be careful in the sun

If you like to arrive early to get a front row seat for the parade, consider how long you’ll be exposed to the sun’s rays.  Always protect yourself by wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Right clothing

Carnival means party, and it could be a good opportunity to show off and dress up. But remember there are many attractions at Plaza Carnaval, and you may be spending quite a bit of time there, so choose a comfortable outfit that allows you to move freely.


By car or by public transportation?

You can go to the Plaza Carnaval by car or public transportation.

If you choose to drive, it’s best not to drink any alcoholic beverage to avoid road accidents or police road blocks.

Buses for Carnaval leave from Calle 69 between 58 and 60 in downtown Merida, and take you all the way to Plaza Carnaval. Don’t forget to ask for a bus schedule.

Keep close to your children

If you are planning to attend the carnival celebrations with children, remember not to lose sight of them.  Children tend to be restless and might become separated from you.  Remember to talk to them about the importance of staying together.  Better still, always hold hands and avoid frightening situations.


Respect, fundamental to having fun

Respect is the first rule of having a good time. Carnival parties are for having fun and enjoying family and friends, so avoid reckless attitudes that might annoy someone else.

Food and drinks

Heatstroke, fainting and dehydration are likely to happen after spending long periods of time in the sun. Avoid problems by keeping yourself hydrated; carry water bottles with you at all times.

Drinking water is available throughout Plaza Carnaval.

Trash in its place

Remember to throw your garbage in the trash bins and not in the street.  It is also a good idea to carry a plastic bag for your trash in case there is no trash bin nearby.

Reference spots

With your family or with friends, decide on a reference point in case someone gets lost or falls behind. That way you can reunite with no problem.

Check the map

Plaza Carnaval will have a multitude of activities in different areas. Check the map to find activities of interest to you.

Febrero loco (Crazy February)
The weather on February tends to be unpredictable, so even if it’s a hot day, carry a sweater, an umbrella or a raincoat, you never know how the weather might change.


Download Carnaval 2015 Free App at: http://www.merida.gob.mx/municipio/app.html



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