Time flies when you’re having fun and carnival is just around the corner!
Hope you all have your costumes ready because The Barcelonian is recommending Sitges!
Sitges Carnival attracts more than 250,000 people to Sitges over 7 days with amazing parades, shows and parties.
Each year in the run up to Lent, Sitges comes alive with one of the wildest parties ever. The event is celebrated throughout Spain and indeed, the world, such as the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans and Carnival in Rio. It marks the last chance to let your hair down and get up to mischief before the forty days of Lent begin.
Largely due to Sitges’ reputation as one of the gay capitals of Europe, the town takes pride in throwing one of the largest and most spectacular parties in Spain, one that lasts a whole week.
Sitges is the place to be for carnival with its huge parades during the day and carrying on with parties and parades into the early hours of the morning. This amazing festival is not to be missed. What are you waiting for? Being only 40 minutes from Barcelona.
The party begins on the 28th of February 2019. This is the opening of festivities. King Carnestoltes, the King of the Carnival arrives in a flourish of colour and activity. This signals the beginning of the week of madness.
Finally, Carnival comes to an end and on the 6th of March, when the beginning of lent is celebrated with the burial of the sardines (Ash Wednesday). This is the event that truly symbolises the end of the good times and the beginning of a period of abstinence. A large effigy of a sardine is carried to the beach and buried – there will be no consumption of delicious fish during the forty days of Lent.
If you prefer to stay in Barcelona, believe me you won’t be bored. Crowded parades, Carnival dances, omelette competitions, group meals, fancy-dress competitions, sardine funerals, proclamations… It’s anything goes for Carnival! There are lots of different things to do in the city, including children’s activities, mask workshops and make-up courses, along with exhibitions and talks on Carnival week.
Main events during the week of Carnival in Sitges this 2019
Dijous Gras (Fat Thursday)
Event date: 28 February 2019
Fat Thursday is a traditional Christian feast marking the last Thursday before Lent. This is the opening of festivities, when King Carnestoltes – the King of the Carnival arrives in a flourish of color and activity. This is the beginning of the week of fun.
Rua de la Disbauxa (The Debauchery Parade)
Event Date: 03 March 2019
This parade has been known to include up to 50 floats carrying 2000-3000 dancing participants, processions usually start from Plaça Cap de Vila and continue along the waterfront of Sitges.
Rua de l’Extermini (Extermination Parade)
Event Date: 05 March 2019
This is the parade to mark and mourn the end of the celebrations. It is often jam-packed with drag queens dressed all in black to mourn the end of the party and the death of the King Carnestoltes.
Ash Wednesday – The Burial of the Sardine
Event Date: 06 March 2019
This is the event that truly marks the end of the good times and the beginning of a period of abstinence. A large effigy of a sardine is carried to the beach and buried – there will be no consumption of fish during the 40 days of Lent. You may find large barbecues on the beach where you will get your last chance to try a few of the little treats.
Put on your costume and enjoy the Carnival of Sitges 2019!
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