|Wherever you go in Andalucia for the Carnival, the fun is guaranteed.|
From 1937 to 1977, the people of Málaga kept their costumes packed away and refrained from meeting to practice and enjoy the old carnival tunes together - much less organise any traditional parades or other celebrations. This was due to the prohibition issued by Franco and strictly enforced in this area.
In 1978 with democracy a spanking new concept in Spain, the people of Málaga took back their carnival, dusting off old sheet music, putting together dashing new costumes and asking the old timers to help them remember how their traditional carnival was celebrated before the prohibition.
Today this festival is stronger than ever, with a special foundation dedicated to organising and promoting the event. There are numerous musical activities as well as special events for children, costume contests, a parade and, of course, fireworks to send the carnival out with a bang. The Málaga carnival calendar usually begins about a month before Shrove Tuesday and spreads performances out over the whole four week period with events heating up as they near the actual carnival dates.