Fiesta de Carnaval
Every year during the week before Lent, the town of San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye explodes with ecstatic demonstrations of singing, dancing, parades, flour fighting, and even a painting contest. The period of Lent is a 40-day season of fasting and prayer, so Belizean locals let their freak flag fly during Carnaval, competing in special group dances known as “comparsas”, and hosting several lively parades in town throughout the week-long festivities.
Why you have to attend the Fiesta de Carnaval
San Pedro is known as the entertainment capital of Belize, and the town truly comes alive during the week of Carnaval. Visitors will get swept up in the fun, witnessing the beautiful rehearsed comparsas (group dances), riotous parades, plenty of live music, demonstrations of local culture, and engage in flour fights in the middle of the street. Face painting, as well as creating traditional paintings, is an important component of the festival. People from all over Belize, as well as around the globe, flock to San Pedro to partake in the celebration.
Where in Belize is this event held?
The Fiesta de Carnaval is held in the town of San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye in northeastern Belize.
When this event is held in Belize
The Fiesta de Carnaval kicks off every year in February. In 2020, the event will be held on Feb 23.
How to get to the Fiesta de Carnaval
San Pedro Town is located on the island of Ambergris Caye, part of the Belize District. Many local companies offer charter boat services to and from the island and several points on the mainland, including Belize City, a journey that lasts between 45 minutes and two hours, depending on the itinerary.
Domestic flights from Philip Gordon International Airport to Ambergris Caye are provided by Maya Island Air and Tropic Air, a journey that takes approximately 15 minutes.
Best way to experience the Fiesta de Carnaval
Don’t wear your finest clothes, as you’re guaranteed to get covered in paint and flour during the wild week of Carnaval. Be prepared to relax and enjoy all the fun, dancing in the street to live music, or witnessing the comparsas (group dances) as local teams compete for the grand prize. With lots of local art on display, visitors too can try their hand at painting, with separate contests for adults and children. If you enjoy having fun, live music and dancing, as well as partying through the night, then you’ll definitely have the time of your life during the Fiesta de Carnaval.