Carnival in Barcelona | Arribo and Parades

Local fiestas - Children
Local fiestas

For a week, Barcelona will be filled with parades, mask dances, popular meals and burials of the sardine. On Thursday Gras, the Carnival King makes his triumphal entry into Barcelona at dusk with the so-called Arribo, the central activity of the carnival that consists of a great party with His Majesty Carnival (this year the reign is distributed again between two kings, Belluga and Tòtil Tocatdelala) and all his entourage: the Capgrossos de la Rambla, the Grallers Ganxets and the Giants the Casa de la Caritat or del Carnestoltes, which already participated in the Arribo of 1859.

The Arribo of Barcelona

The party will begin on Thursday, February 20 (Thursday Gras) at 6:00 p.m. in the Plaça Reial, with the entourage that accompanies the Belluga and Tòtil Tocatdelala kings, and their ambassadors, representatives of the country of Jauja. There, and before the parade begins, they will star in the Color Carnival show, a show about the colors of life. The parade will go to La Rambla, make a stop at the Boqueria Market, filling it with color, and end at the Palau de la Virreina. Afterwards, the battle called de la Taronjada, with confetti and fireworks, will begin, around 6:45 p.m., and the party will continue.

Carnival in the districts - Parades

In addition to the central events of the Carnival of Barcelona, ​​in each district are organized tours and numerous activities. The Rúas or parades will take place on Saturday, February 22, but you can also participate in carnival dances, tortilla competitions, collective meals, costume contests, sardine burials, children's activities, mask workshops, exhibitions and even some escape room .

The burial of the sardine

February 26 comes Ash Wednesday, that is, the end of the party. The reign of the King and Queen of Carnestoltes comes to an end and Lent begins. That final is symbolized with the burial of the sardine that will be celebrated differently according to each district. Thus, for example, in Horta-Guinardó it will be done in the style of New Orleans, in Les Corts there will be a fire show and in Sants-Montjuïc they will organize a chocolate bar.

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