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Montevideo Carnival 2016 dates

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Carnival in Uruguay is uniquely different to anywhere else in the world. And it’s still a primarily local event. Check out the dates for Carnival in Montevideo 2016.

January 21   Desfile inaugural, the Inaugural Carnival Parade (down 18 de Julio Avenue) from 8.30pm

January 25   Tablados start across the city for the next 40 nights. Tablados are nightly shows featuring anything between 4 and 7 of carnival groups.

February 4 and 5   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.

Tickets are on sale in any “Abitab” store in Uruguay until the day before. It is not possible to buy tickets online.

Murga La Mojigata 2012 in a Montevideo tablado
A murga performing at a tablado. Murga is probably the carnival genre most appreciated by the locals. You may not understand the lyrics or the social satire, but the music and costumes will thrill you.
Montevideo lives and breathes authentic music and culture any night of the week Photo: Jimmy Baikovicius
One of almost hundred drum comparsas parading during Las Llamadas, a parade started by enslaved Africans. They chose Isla de Flores, a narrow street so that the sound of the drums reverberates and builds to a huge crescendo.


What’s worth checking out in Montevideo’s carnival

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Photos: Jimmy Baikovicius and Guru’GUAY


  1. Sue

    January 30, 2016

    I’m fortunate to be visiting Montevideo with work between 21st and 26th February, and have come across your very useful website. I was wondering if there will still be Carnival events happening then, and if so how do I find out about them? I’ve looked at the link above and I can’t see anything obvious, but then again I don’t speak Spanish!

    Many thanks.

  2. Pieter

    November 24, 2015

    Hi there, very useful site, thank you! We’re planning to go see the Carnaval in 2016.

    February 4 and 5 Las Llamadas, is this a confirmed date? I couldn’t find this information anywhere else online. We are booking our flight and need to be certain.

    many thanks!


    • Welshwitch in Uruguay

      November 25, 2015

      Hi Pieter, yes, this is the confirmed date as on official carnival websites. Though be aware that in 2014 it rained on the day, so the Llamadas were postponed for a week. That could happen again, though hopefully not! All the best Karen

  3. Kayla Droege

    November 24, 2015

    Can you offer any more information about the parade on Feb 5? I just happen to be in Montevideo on that day and I feel like this is incredibly good luck! Any tips or advice you have to maximize this experience would be great!

    • Welshwitch in Uruguay

      November 25, 2015

      Hi Kayla, yes, you are incredibly lucky! You will need to be in Montevideo at the latest the day before to buy tickets. If my recall is correct, they stop selling them at 6pm the day before. Or else you will need a contact in Montevideo to buy them for you. Ideally if you can buy before even better, just in case tickets sell out. You buy them in any Abitab store. I suggest buying regular seats – and being in the crowd. Take food and some cold drinks, and a jacket for later and be prepared to be there for up to 6 hours, as it’s not easy to get out once you’re sitting down! And have an amazing time. – Karen


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