From late January to March, Montevideo celebrates the longest carnival in the world. This popular celebration had its source in different immigrant cultures, mostly Spanish and Africans. The Uruguayan Carnival includes street parades, such as the Opening Parade, Parade of Samba Schools and Llamadas Parade. It stands out for being an entertainment event, with different neighborhoods organizing stage festivals, known as tablados. The official Carnival contest takes place at the the Teatro de Verano, at Parque Rodó area. The theatrical presentations performed there require the participation of different players, such as actors, dancers, make-up artists, music, poetry, costume designers, singers, etc. Uruguayan Carnival goes beyond February. It is celebrated all year long in different theaters and stages, with candombe drums playing in the streets of many areas of the city.
- Inaugural Parade: January 21
- Official Carnival Competition: January 25
- Parade of Llamadas: 4 and 5 February