Murcia The Burial of the Sardine Fiestas


The Burial of the Sardine, the climax of the Spring Festival, is Murcia’s wackiest night of the year. The “Entierro de la Sardina” (Burial of the Sardine) is a traditional parade which normally closes the Carnival celebrations. 14/04/2012.

Murcia The Burial of the Sardine Fiestas

Murcia The Burial of the Sardine Fiestas

In Murcia, this event stands out for certain characteristics that make it highly original. One thing that makes it unusual is the late date it is held, after the Easter celebrations – right at the end of the following week. These festivities date back to 1850, when a group of students decided to form an entourage presided over by a sardine, symbolising fasting and abstinence, to relive the fiesta celebrated at Carnival.

On this April Saturday, a crazy cavalcade of “giants” and “big-heads” (gigantes and cabezudos), torch-bearers and entertainers, demons and Brazilian samba groups will escort a fleet of some twenty floats, one for each Sardinero association, which, in honour of the most diverse Gods of Olympus, will throw hundreds of thousands of euros worth of toys to the crowd in the space of just a few hours. Over the days previously, these same associations march through the streets with their brass bands. On the night of the eve of the Burial, the Testament of Doña Sardina (Ms Sardine) is read from the balcony of the Town Hall. The fiesta ends in the early hours of the morning, when, once the last float has finished its round, a papier-mâché effigy of the Lenten sardine is burnt in Plano de San Francisco amid public rejoicing.

This enjoyable fiesta forms part of the programme of events for the Spring Fiestas in the city of Murcia.

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