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Ponce Carnival or Carnaval Ponceño 2021- A special Edition

There will be a 2021 Carnaval Feb 13- 16th! BUT it will be special “Rolling Carnaval”. To avoid the agglomeration of people, the carnaval will go to different areas of the city, so people don’t all come in to town.

Ponce Carnival

The Ponce Carnival (Carnaval de Ponce or Carnaval Ponceño, in Spanish) is an annual week-long celebration. There are parades with wildly decorated floats, crazy costumed people, lots of music, loads of spectators, and merriment.

Similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, it is derived from the old world tradition of a final celebration before the beginning of Lent. But over time, it has transformed into a week-long party!

If you want to party Puerto Rican style, mark your calendars — The 163nd Ponce Carnival will be Feb 13-16, 2021 . But due to COVID, it will be very different this year.

A Normal Year

Normally, the Ponce Carnival is full of loud and colorful parades, with marching bands, with dancers and floats. The parades are similar to those held around the island throughout the year at other town festivals or Carnivals — but on steroids!

Central to the festivities in Ponce are the vejigantes — masked, colorfully-dressed, clown-like characters, wearing paper mâché masks with scary teeth & horns — dancing and strutting to bomba and plena music. They may swat bystanders with soft balloons (supposedly to chase away the evil spirits) as they go by.

Ponce Carnival

There will be lots of bomba and plena music, and many of the interactive, chanting songs. Before and after the parades, there will be other live music at stages throughout the evenings.

But this year, due to COVID restrictions and the concern to people’s health, they are going to make it a “Rolling Carnaval”! They will be bringing the parades and music to different areas around Ponce….since people can’t come to the parade, they are bringing the parade to the people! .

The Mayor says the rolling carnival will go to different areas around Ponce. The caravan will have several rolling platforms and the participation of parade and floats of vejigantes, music by Bomba and Plena, and the typical characters of this traditional festival.

Special schedule and route 2021 – This will be updated when they post info

Ponce Carnival

  • Saturday, Feb 13
  • 10 am the Caravanal starts Ponce North: Carr. #139 toward Carmelita, carr. #143 in direction to La Pica, carr. #503 to La Mocha and carr. #505 until the cross of Glenview.

    1:00 p.m. – Ponce East: from Los Caobos, Coto Laurel, Las Monjitas, Cantera, El Madrigal, Chavier y Calle Villa.

  • Sunday, Feb 14

    On Sunday, they go to the La Cuarta neighborhood and end up in the community of San Antón.

    10:00 a.m. – Ponce Northeast: Carr. 511 going down Jurutungo exit from carr. #511 from el Jurutungo (El Patriota) until they arrive to carr. #14 until they arrive at Comunidad Mercedita, La Calzada, Buyones y Tiburones.

    1:00 p.m. – Ponce East: La Cuarta, Sabanetas Oeste, Las Delicias, Nuevo Mameyes, San Antonio, Ave. Las Américas y San Antón

  • Monday, Feb 15
  • On Monday, the caravan will start at the Real Anón sector and from there go to numerous urban areas of the city

    1:00 p.m. – Leave from Parque Portugués, La Coquí, Residencial Los Claveles, Ponce Housing, Villa Elena, Rio Chiquito (carr. #504), Sector Pastillo del Barrio Tibes. Carr. #10 Tibes, Sector Jacanas y Aguacate. Carr. 10 until carr. #123 (sur) going down by Guaraguao until they arrive at the Comercio Cash & Carry.

    5:30 p.m. – Ponce West: Las Delicias, Casco Urbano, Magueyes, Jardines del Caribe, Casamía.

  • Tuesday, Feb 16
  • they will start at Guaraguao neighborhood and end at La Playa de Ponce.

    5:00 p.m. – Ponce South: Villa del Carmen, El Tuque, Canas, Punto Oro, Pámpanos, Hostos, Playa de Ponce.

You can get more information by calling the Ponce Carnival coordinator at 787-841-8044 ext 2245. Or try the Ponce Cultural Office: 787- 284-4141 ext. 2249.

Assume that the schedule is subject to change with little or no warning. Schedule source: https://eladoquintimes.com/2021/02/12/rutas-programadas-para-el-carnaval-de-ponce/?fbclid=IwAR3sRwk9OM0DpxKCxm5tQzNg8LDLBsOa_2gh78LgMlbavYmJI9nWTv3G4FA

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You would need to contact someone in Ponce. Try the Mayor's office: https://www.facebook.com/MayitaLeona/?ref=br_rs

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Feb 2018

Good Morning, I"m trying to find out how can I get information to participate or what it takes to register for the 2019 Carnival. I'm part of the Band Booster for the Mighty Tiger Marching Band from Pompano Beach, FL (Blanche Ely High School) and we will like to find out if we are able to participate. Please let me know so we can plan accordingly. Email I can be reached at is r****** Sincerly, Jessica M Esmurria TNBBA Secretory

Comment by Jessica on 23 Feb 2018

Thank you so much for posting this information. We took our kids to the parade today and had a great time :)

Comment by M Simons on 11 Feb 2018

This carnival is very similar to the ones from the Dominican Republic.

Comment by NANANAKJDWPDMWP on 16 Feb 2017

It will start about 3-5 days before Fat Tuesday... so assume Feb 9 through Feb 13th 2018.

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Feb 2017

Hi. could you tell me when ponce carnival is in 2018? thanks

Comment by david g on 06 Feb 2017

Thanks! I will send you and email to get the activity list.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Jan 2017

Good morning we would like to clarify that the correct date of the Carnival of Ponce is from the 24th of Febriary yo the 28 th. If you would like an official list of the activities during the five days of the Carnival and list of artist we would be happy to provide it. Cultural Development Office Municipality of Ponce 787-841-8044

Comment by Doralis Vazquez on 23 Jan 2017

It is over for 2016. It ended 2/9/16. We are ready for 2017!

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Feb 2016

It is over for this year...it is the days leading up to Ash Wednesday.

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Feb 2016

Did you mean 2016 or is this really the schedule for next year, 2017?

Comment by Carl on 15 Feb 2016

Do you have a schedule for this year, 2016? We will be in Ponce 2/26/16 and want to attend the carnival.

Comment by quinton on 15 Feb 2016

Thank you the information i will now be attending every carnival because of you

Comment by zarielys mercado on 01 Nov 2015

THANK YOU for posting this schedule!! Every year I try to find the schedule for the week to try to plan a trip down there and I"m never able to get the info. Hopefully this will be the year we make it!

Comment by Annie on 14 Feb 2012

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