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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 (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, Parque Rodó (from Avenida Dr. Juan A. Cachón to the Teatro de Verano)

Samba Schools Parade (Desfile de escuelas de samba)
Friday 21 January eve
New location for 2022: Rambla Wilson, Parque Rodó

Las Llamadas, the Llamadas Parade
Thursday 3 and Friday 4 February – CORRECTED
Raincheck dates: one week later.
Traditional route: Carlos Gardel/Isla de Flores streets, Barrio Sur and Palermo

LLAMADAS UPDATE Feb 3 – Due to expected rain my favourite carnival parade, the two-day Llamadas has been postponed till next week. Same days, same times.

The decision was made by the community yesterday rather than waiting till today. Just the make-up for a comparsa group will cost 30,000 pesos and that’s not a cost that these volunteer groups can shoulder. So more power to them, and hopefully the weather will be splendid next week.
Montevideo Carnival
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Essential reading on Carnival in Uruguay

Source for dates: Calle Febrero and El Observador

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

Cover photo: Jimmy Baikovicius

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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