The carnival in Avilés is an old tradition. It is considered a regional party of interest for tourists. It lasts for 8 days and every year its topic changes.
In 2009 the topic has been television programmes.
Carnival starts with the reading of the “third scale” sermon in the opening ceremony, followed by the election of the “Reyes del Goxu y la Faba” (Kings of Pork and Bean).
This is women’s day. All around the city there are dinners, parties and pubs full of women. For a day, they are the ones who go out to have fun and forget their problems.
In the afternoon, several schools parade the youngest ones dressed up. Then, the coronation of the Kings takes place in the evening, followed by a fancy-dress dance.
Saturday of descent
This is Avilés Carnival big day. There are some festivals for children around midday and a Dj’s concert at night. However, the main spectacle of the week is “The descent of Galiana”. People all around Asturias comes to Avilés this Saturday.
Young people altogether with floats go down Galiana street while firemen spill froth and cold water from several cannons.
On Sunday there is no excuse for not going out. There are children games, fancy-dress contests, brass bands performances, circus shows, masked ball dances and concerts too.
Monday of fanfare and brass bands
When people seem to begin to get a little bit tired it’s turn for music to liven up. Carnival Monday is a day of fanfare, brass bands parades, shows & open-air dances.
On Tuesday afternoon it takes place the big costumes and floats parade around the city to end up with a lively festival.
The last day, the sardine with which the party started is taken on a funeral procession and burnt, as a symbolic act to put an end to the Carnival.
After this busy week the only things left to do are resting and waiting for next Carnival to come.