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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. 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.

Montevideo Carnival parades 2023 dates

The Inaugural Carnival Parade (Desfile inaugural)
Thursday 19 January eve
Rambla Wilson, Parque Rodó (from Avenida Dr. Juan A. Cachón to the Teatro de Verano)

Samba Schools Parade (Desfile de escuelas de samba)
Date TBC
Rambla Wilson, Parque Rodó

Las Llamadas, the Llamadas Parade
Friday 10 and Saturday 11 February
Raincheck dates: one week later.
Traditional route: Carlos Gardel/Isla de Flores streets, Barrio Sur and Palermo

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Essential reading on Carnival in Uruguay

Source for dates: DAECPU

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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