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Cadiz Carnival Fascinating Facts - Fact 4

It's Carnival time in Cadiz © iStock
It's Carnival time in Cadiz.

Five Fascinating Facts about Cadiz Carnival




The Venice Carnival was also a major influence

An important influence of the Carnaval dates back to the 16th century, when traders brought back stories of the decadent celebrations in the Italian port cities of Venice and Genoa. The tales of extravagant costumes and parties, music and dancing, inspired Cadiz's, which wanted to compete with its Mediterranean neighbours. It won - Cadiz is now the second-largest after Rio. The costumes are less showy that its Brazilian counterpart's, with emphasis on wit and cleverness rather than size and impressiveness.

  • Fact 1 - Franco banned the Cadiz Carnaval, but it carried on
  • Fact 2 - Carnaval´s timing is closely tied to religious festivals, like most Spanish fiestas, but also has roots in classical times
  • Fact 3 - Costumes aren't just about dressing up
  • Fact 4 - The Venice Carnival was also a major influence
  • Fact 5 - Listen to beats from all over the world at Cadiz Carnaval


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