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Inside Look at Mazatlan's Annual Naval Combat Reenactment

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Inside Look at Mazatlan's Annual Naval Combat Reenactment

Sophia Boccard

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Mazatlán hosts one of the best and largest Carnivals in the world, lasting around six days – generally beginning on a Thursday night, and ending the following Wednesday at dawn.

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One of the major events Mazatlan’s Carnival offers is Combate Naval, or Naval Combat, which is always celebrated on the Saturday of Carnival along the Olas Altas boardwalk. It is a pyrotechnic event, with hundreds of fireworks lighting up the sky for residents and tourists alike to enjoy. The “Combat” refers to the battle between the French and Mexican in 1864, when a French vessel called Cordeliére attempted to seize the coast of Mazatlan, and after many hours battling against the citizens of Mazatlan, the French began to retreat, bringing an end to the battle and giving victory to the people of Mazatlan.

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The 30-minute show starts around 10 p.m., and the impressive fireworks light up the sky to the tune of contemporary music. The best views are available at Casa Lucila Hotel Boutique, which offers an unobstructed panorama of the show.

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If a visit to Mazatlan during Carnival is in your future, make sure to attend Combate Naval – we promise you won’t be disappointed!

Not staying at Casa Lucila? For more information on how to purchase tickets to the show, check out our Combate Naval page.