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Montevideo carnival is the world’s longest carnival starting January thru early March. We’ve got the links you need in English about where to go and what to see.

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. After being cancelled in 2021 due to the pandemic (just the fourth time in history) here are Montevideo carnival 2022 dates:

Carnival tablados

Carnival tablados are on across the city from late January for the next 40 nights (longer if there’s rain). Tablados are nightly shows featuring four to seven carnival groups. So you can expect to be able to attend a tablado in Montevideo until early March. Some tablado line-ups are better than others. Get The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo to learn why.

Montevideo Carnival parades


The Inaugural Carnival Parade (Desfile inaugural)
Thursday 20 January eve
New location for 2022: Rambla Wilson (from Avenida Dr. Juan A. Cachón to the Teatro de Verano)

Samba Schools Parade (Desfile de escuelas de samba)
Friday 20 January eve 
with a possible second date Saturday 21 January eve (tbc)
New location for 2022: Rambla Wilson (from Avenida Dr. Juan A. Cachón to the Teatro de Verano)

Las Llamadas, the Llamadas Parade
Friday 4 and Saturday 5 February 
Possible third date Feb 3 or 6 (tbc)
Raincheck dates: one week later.
Location for 2022 as yet unconfirmed
To avoid crowds,  the Llamadas may be extended to three nights.

Montevideo Carnival

Essential reading on Carnival in Uruguay

* In 2020 the dates of the Llamadas were officially switched to the first Friday and Saturday of February (from the traditional Thursday and Friday). 

Source for dates: Calle Febrero and El Observador

First published on October 5 and last updated at the date above

The Guru'Guay Guide to Montevideo


The only guidebook to the capital by a writer based 100% in Uruguay. The difference to other guides — whose authors jet in for a few weeks — is palpable. Also in audiobook.

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