Many are your options if you are planing to enjoy some of the Carnival Parades held in Spain. Although fat thursday used to set the beginning of the “Carnival week”, most of Spanish Carnivals will last for a whole month, mainly those held in warmer areas as the Canary Islands.
The most famous carnivals in Spain are the ones from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sitges & Cádiz, although each city has a different Carnival tradition & celebration that will be mainly held on Sunday, 2nd March
Cádiz– from the 27th February to the 09th March
The feeling of this Carnival is quite different from any other city. The sharp criticism, the funny play on words and the imagination in the costumes, are the most used strategies, instead of the more traditional glamorous dressings.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – from the 15th February to the 08th March
Santa Cruz de Tenerife – from the 06th February to the 09th March
The Santa Cruz is together with the Carnival of Cadiz, the largest Carnival in Spain. Taking advantage of the warmer weather and the summery temperatures, even in February/March, Santa Cruz de Tenerife hosts every year a huge event, attracting around a million people. Their Carnival lasts for a whole month, starting early February and ending the weekend right after Ash Wednesday.
While the Carnival of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, which also lasts for almost a month, has furthermore a Drag Queen’s gala where a jury chooses a winner.
Sitges – from the 25th February to the 05th of March
In Catalonia people dress up and organize parties for a week but particularly on the weekend. Despite it being winter, parties are open air, with crowds of people dancing and parading on the streets. On Thursday Dijous Gras is celebrated, also called ‘the omelette day’. Parties end by burning Mr. Carnestoltes and with the “sardine’s funeral”, right on Ash Wednesday.
The Carnival in Sitges is one of the most famous Carnivals in Catalonia. Two important moments are the Rua de la Disbauxa (Debauchery Parade) on Sunday night and the Rua de l’Extermini (Extermination Parade) on Tuesday night. Around 40 floats with more than 2,500 participants parade in Sitges.
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