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 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)
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
Essential reading on Carnival in Uruguay
- What to see in Montevideo’s carnival
- Where to buy parade and tablado tickets
- 6 reasons not to miss carnival
- All about Candombe The Uruguayan carnival rhythm
- All about Murga Uruguay’s most popular carnival genre
Source for dates: DAECPU
Cover photo: Jimmy Baikovicius
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