Ponce’s Carnaval is a time of serious partying. Events kick off on the Wednesday before Ash Wednesday with a masked ball, followed by parades, a formal danza competition and the coronation of the Carnaval queen and child queen. The party ends with the ceremonial burial of a sardine (the traditional significance of which has been washed away by booze) and the onset of Lent.
Each parade and all of the critical activities take place in Plaza Las Delicias in front of Casa Alcaldía. If you’re planning to visit Ponce during Carnaval, make your hotel and transportation reservations at least three months in advance.