Cadiz Carnival

Five Fascinating Facts about Cadiz Carnival

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 © Michelle Chaplow The Carnival Queen
The Carnival Queen

Carnival is the biggest event in Cadiz's calendar, and the most important of its type on mainland Spain, just as the Feria is for Seville. People flood in from all over Spain, and beyond, to enjoy the noisy, colourful, festive atmosphere, singing competitions, concerts (rock, flamenco, samba), comedy, children's shows, parades, firework displays and street parties. Carnaval is also celebrated in towns and cities around Andalucia.

The singing groups are famous for their elaborate costumes, witty lyrics and catchy tunes, especially the chirigotas. If you follow the Spanish news, you're more likely to get the topical jokes and recognise the local characters satirised. You can see them performing in the street, while the Concurso Oficial (Official Competition) takes place in the Gran Teatro de Falla, and is televised.

  • 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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