The chirigotas consists of approximately twelvepeople. These are classified in tenor, voices high andsecond. The instruments are the guitar, the box and thebombo. The names of the chirigotas are amazing. They have avery witty sense that is typical of andalus humor
0 El Bierzo is a region in the Northwest of Spain. Its inhabitants have a particular name for the Carnival. Here, they call it “Entroito”.0 Entroito has a double meaning: gastronomic and carnival.
The typical costume is “The Cigarron”, which is from oldertimes. It weights about twenty-five kilograms and so youneed help to put it on.The mask is made of wood painted in bright colors, withimages of animals such as the lynx, wolf, cow or ox.
0 La Vijanera is the first Carnival of the year. It is celebrated in Silió the first Sunday of the year that doesn´t coincide with January 1st .Its origins are preromans and it has been declared of national tourist interest.
0 In this mascarada about 75 people participate, all of them are men. They perform different characters: WHITE DANCERS, BLACK DANCERS, TRAPEROS, ZAMARRACOS, TRAPAJONES, MADAME, MAN CEBO, THE BEAR AND ITS MASTER, THE HUNGARIAN, ….
The most important character in this celebration are “The Zamarracos”.They wear sheepskin with big cowbells. evil hats and their faces arepainted black. They are responsible of driving away the bad spiritswhen their bells sound.The celebration finishes when a pregnant woman gives birth to a sonthat means the beginning of a new year. Then, the young people tell the“coplas” humourous songs about what happened the previous year. Itends with the death of the bear that means the victory of good over evil.
Las Palmas de Gran CanariaSanta Cruz de Tenerife
Every year, crowds of people come to experience thisfiesta where everything is allowed and you have onlyone obligation: to have fun.The Carnival in both cities are similar. They are themost “Brazilian” of all Spanish carnivals, and theyare famous all over the world for their popularflavour.
There are several events during the fifteen days that the Carnival lasts.The gala to elect the Carnival Queen. A spectacularcompetition where the candidates wear the most fantasticcostumes which can weigh more than a hundred kilos
Contest of MurgasThe murgas are groups of more than twenty people that sing lyrics againstthe politicians or about social problems. In this contests the jury values theoriniginality of the costumes, the lyrics and the interpretations. The onlyinstrument that they use are “pitos murgueros”
The Gala to select The Drag QueenThis event takes place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in theParque Santa Catalina. The first gala of The Drag Queen was in1998 and marked a turning point in the recent history of TheCarnival in the city. It surpassed all expectations and has sinceestablished itself as a flagship event. This year 3000 tickets weresold in a couple of hours!!!!!!
The Parade and The CosoBoth, The Parade in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and The Coso inSanta Cruz the Tenerife are spectacular parades . Thousands ofpeople and dozens of Murgas and Comparsas fill the street forhours in breathtaking multi-coloured chain of joy and happyness.
The Burial of the SardineThe Burial of the Sardine marks the end of the festivities: thespirit of Carnival, symbolised by the sardine, is carried throughthe streets on a funeral bier. Then it is set on fire and consumedby the flames to the despair of the widows, widowers andmourners.
The burning of the Sardine simbolizes the triumph of ash over the flesh,of penance on the wildness and of death on life.