From the 27th of February to the 5th of March, all Spanish cities will be in the “fiesta” mode, the annual carnival is arriving. Initially, this festival was celebrated in honor of winter. Carnival in Spain comes before Catholic Easter, people enjoy the food before starting fasting. Now, it is more a celebration with a lot of colors and costumes, where each person can embody a character, as diverse as they want – in short, a time of joy!
In Spain, it has become a tradition. In Barcelona, the event doesn´t carry as much of importance, as in other Spanish cities. However, there are a lot of activities being organized in the city like parades, dancers, floats, music in a procession through the street and special stands, where you can taste some traditional food of all regions of Spain.
The carnival begins with “Fatty Thusday” (Jueves Ladero), because it is the day, dedicated to the “Greasy” and “Vice”. During the weekend parades “Gran Rua de Carnaval” take place, with colourful decorated carriages. Festivity finishes on Ash Wednesday, with the funeral of the sardine. The colourful costumes are changed to black ones. This funeral is a fun parody that symbolizes the burial of bad past and new society transformation, as well as the beginning of the fast. And don’t worry, sardines are eaten too!
Here on the official page of Barcelona you have the agenda of the Carnival.
During these days they are all numerous little events organized all around Barcelona, so if you happen to be visiting, watch out for some fun! Some of such events include food competitions and games, traditional markets, music etc…
The Carnival of Sitges is also really famous and more dynamic. Often called the gay capital of Europe, Sitges is a township of Barcelona, located nearby BCN. It will take you only around 40 minutes by train. Carnival in Sitges is a big deal, and for the Carnival weekend, we advise you to go there!