Carnival in Uruguay is uniquely different to anywhere else in the world. And what’s really special for a visitor is that it is still an event primarily for the locals.
Check out Montevideo carnival 2017 dates here.
January 19 Desfile inaugural, the Inaugural Carnival Parade (down 18 de Julio Avenue) from 8.30pm
January 23 Tablados start across the city for the next 40 nights. Tablados are nightly shows featuring anything between 4 and 7 of carnival groups.
February 9 and 10 Las Llamadas, the amazing Llamadas Parade (down Isla de Flores street between Barrio Sur and Palermo)
The dates of carnival change each year, but what is guaranteed in Montevideo is that from the first day it’s going to go on for FORTY nights – longer if it rains. You can expect to catch a carnival show up until and including early March.
In December and up to the start of carnival, you can go and see carnival groups rehearsing. These rehearsals (ensayos, in Spanish) take place in public spaces or in community centres where you can enter for a small fee. When the rehearsal schedules are available, we’ll post them here.
- What’s worth checking out in Montevideo’s carnival
- 6 reasons why you mustn’t miss carnival
- Go to carnival parades, shows and carnival rehearsals with a bilingual guide – details coming soon
- Tickets are on sale in any “Abitab” store in Uruguay until the day before. It is not possible to buy tickets online.
Photos: Jimmy Baikovicius and Guru’Guay