Ladies and Gentlemen… Carnival in Barcelona is back, and at its most participatory! The city will be packed with events from 27 February to 5 March to celebrate the reign of the Carnival King: food fests, parades, dances etc. The Arribo, the Saraus, the Passacaglias, the Taronjada, the Burial of the Sardine… Welcome to the kingdom of the Carnival King.
The Carnival in Barcelona starts with the Fat Thursday and the presentation of the 7 Ambassadors: Seven fantastic characters endowed with skills and vices, possessed of great genius but slaves of unbridled excess announce the imminent arrival of the King of Revelry. They are the Seven Ambassadors of the Carnival King to Barcelona’s seven old villages. The Arribo is the setting of the arrival of the scatterbrained King, signalling the official start to Barcelona’s Carnival. Passacaglia of the Seven Ambassadors and their retinue, with the giants Rodanxó and Rodanxona, making way for the Carnival King. A celebration of the Carnival King’s reign with the first Carnival sarau or party.
On 28th February, a talk entitled “Barcelona, city of Carnivals”, given by the historian Albert García Espuche, on recuperating the history of Barcelona’s Carnival and its ties to El Born. A performance from Marsupialis and Esbart Català de Dansaires.
Saturday 1 March, the over thirty popular Carnival parades represent the highlight of the festivities in most Barcelona neighbourhoods. The Carnival King’s Ambassadors will be visiting their old villages and taking part in one of the Carnival parades taking place in each of Barcelona’s seven former villages.
Sunday 2 March, at the Plaça Comercial and Passacaglia in the Ribera neighbourhood:
An orange, confetti and balloon fight, this major Barcelona’s Carnival event takes place in the Ribera neighbourhood, the cradle of Barcelona’s Carnival, and is something for the whole family to enjoy.
Barcelona brings its Carnival celebrations to a close with the traditional Burial of the Sardine at its most musical at the Parc de la Cuitadella. The ceremony will be at breakfast time, with a special party for children. Performances from the Escola de la Concepció school’s 4 Big Bands and Carnival Saltimbanquis (acrobats).
All information about the Carnival in Barcelona on the official website.
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