Montevideo Carnival 2023 dates

Uruguay carnival is back in 2023! The world's longest carnival returns to Montevideo. We've got the when and where.
By Karen A Higgs
Carnival dancer at the 'Llamadas' 2020
Last updated on January 18, 2023

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.

Montevideo carnival parade

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. Here are Montevideo carnival 2023 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.

Recommended tablados

1. El Velodromo Love their great line-ups and that they offer shows every night of the week. Details here (in Spanish)

2. Museo de Carnaval In the Old City, the only venue with cover in case of rain. Open Fridays and Saturdays only. Details here (in Spanish)

Montevideo Carnival parades 2023 dates

The Inaugural Carnival Parade (Desfile inaugural)
Thursday 19 January eve
Av. 18 de Julio (main street), from Plaza Independencia to Plaza Cagancha

Samba Schools Parade (Desfile de escuelas de samba)
Friday 20 January
Av. 18 de Julio (main street), from Andes to Paraguay

Las Llamadas, the Llamadas Parade
Friday 10 and Saturday 11 February
Raincheck dates: one week later
Traditional route: Isla de Flores street, from Zelmar Michelini to Minas

Essential reading on Carnival in Uruguay

Source for dates: DAECPU

Cover photo by Jimmy Baikovicius

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13 Responses

  1. We arrive in Montevideo on Feb 10th in the evening after 5pm, for the weekend. How can we get tickets for the Llamades Parade?

  2. Perfect timing! I’ll be arriving in January for 7s rugby in Punta Del Este, then starting the rugby 15s season in Montevideo in February con Alejandro y Old Christians Club!

  3. Hi Karen.
    We are arriving to Uruguay on 1st March – first to Colonia and then heading to Montevideo. Will the Carnival be over by then, or do we still have a chance? Thanks in advance, Anna

    1. Hi Anna, I’m responding on Karen’s behalf because she’s on leave. Almost everything happens in February, but I think you’ll still have a chance to find ‘tablados’ and get a taste of murga. Cheers!

  4. Hi there,

    For a long time carnival fan but first time visitor to Uruguay which of these would you recommend? I twould be good to go to all but then we woulsd see nothing else in uruguay!

    Thanks

    Justyn

    1. Hello Michael, how are you doing? The latest news I could find is on the local government website. They say: Neighbourhood processions will be cancelled and the activity will focus on one parade per municipality. The first one will be, if conditions permit, on February 12th in San Carlos and in Maldonado on February 28th. The rest are being confirmed, but tentatively the 19th will be in Piriápolis, the 26th in Pan de Azúcar and in Aiguá on the 4th of March. Hope this helps – happy carnival! — Karen

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