Cartagena Carneval


Marching brass bands, satirical song groups (chirigotas), fancy-dress competitions and open-air parties keep their rendezvous from Sunday to Tuesday. From 11/02/2012 to 22/02/2012

Cartagena Carneval

Cartagena Carneval

The Carnaval season has traditionally enjoyed strong popular support in Cartagena especially in the second half of the 19th century, though it was cut short when celebrating Carnaval was banned at the end of the Spanish Civil War. Celebrations started again in 1981 after democracy was re-established, and they are currently among the most important events of local festivals. Celebrations include parades, dances, fancy dress contests and chirigotas (satirical song competitions) with an increasingly higher number of participants each year, locals and foreigners alike.

The city of Cartagena have released the programme for their Carnival Parade. The parade has been given the prestigious title of being of ‘Regional Tourist Interest’ so is well worth enjoying! Although the carnival will be celebrated from the 11th to the 21st February, the main act, the procession will take place on Saturday 18th at 18:00. The parade will last about 4 hours in total as the route is just over a kilometre in length.

Saturday 18th February 2012
Carnival Parade
Start Time: 18:00
Route: Starting from the port follow Calle Mayor, Plaza de San Sebastián, Puerta de Murcia, Carmen, Plaza de España, where it will turn right along Paseo Alfonso XIII to the junction with Juan Fernández finishing in the Pabellón Jiménez de la Espada.

The other acts which form part of the Carnival celebrations in Cartagena include:

Election of the Carnival Queens at 17:00 on Saturday 11th February
Semi Final and Final of the Chirigotas Competitions on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February
Special acts for the pensioners and the children on Thursday 16th and Sunday 19th February

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