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Puerto Vallarta Gearing Up for CarnavalPV 2017 Parade

January 5, 2017

Offering excitement for all ages, the parade will be held on Tuesday, February 28, starting in front of the Sheraton Hotel at 8 pm. So gather your masks and friends and get ready to catch beads by the handful!

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - If you're still suffering from holidays hangover, brace yourself: Carnaval PV returns Tuesday, February 28, and Puerto Vallarta's Mardi Gras Parade is going to be bigger and better than ever!

Imagine dozens of floats and hundreds of people sauntering up the world-famous Malecón to Puerto Vallarta's Old Town in a dazzling array of sequins, feathers, leathers and speedos to celebrate the pride and diversity of the special season.

Offering fun and excitement for all ages, the parade will start at 8:00 pm in front of the Sheraton in the Hotel Zone, head south along the Malecón and end just south of the world-famous Los Muertos Pier.

Last year's event attracted 30,000 cheering residents and tourists from all walks of life together on the city street curbs to be wowed by dozens of floats and hundreds of parade participants celebrating the diversity of our city. This year's city-sponsored event is sure to bring even more people and excitement to Puerto Vallarta.

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday in English, is best-known in New Orleans but is celebrated in many cities around the world. Fat Tuesday refers to the day when many people eat fattening foods and stock up before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

The Mardi Gras parade is the most exciting part of the ritual, bringing together gay, straight, light, dark, male, female, old, and young, all for a collective purpose - to get as many beaded necklaces as possible! The traditional Fat Tuesday beaded necklaces were first thrown out to parade onlookers in New Orleans by a man wearing a Santa Claus costume in the late 1800's. Since then Mardi Gras has never been the same.

There's still time to enter the parade! To enter a float, a marching group, or an individual entry, Click HERE.

Non-profit organizations are able to participate for free and businesses can take part for a nominal $200 peso entry fee. Carnaval organizers are offering a $5,000 peso cash prize to the most inventive parade entry, so it is time to get creative.

For more information, visit, or the official Mardi Gras Puerto Vallarta Facebook page.

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