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.
Sardine Wednesday <ul><li>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). </li></ul>
Gossiping Thursday <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
Coronation Friday <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
Saturday of descent <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
Young people altogether with floats go down Galiana street while firemen spill froth and cold water from several cannons.
Sunday <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
Monday of fanfare and brass bands <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
Carnival Tuesday <ul><li>On Tuesday afternoon it takes place the big costumes and floats parade around the city to end up with a lively festival. </li></ul>
Funeral Wednesday <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
After this busy week the only things left to do are resting and waiting for next Carnival to come.
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