Parades, tradition and fun! It's Carnival time!
>>From February 16 to 22, 2023
Don't miss Dance of Mantons (traditional shawls), the comparsas, each one dressed distinctively or the candy war!
It is one of the most notorious celebrations of Vilanova y la Geltrú, the only Catalan carnival that survived Franco's dictatorship and that, to this day, continues to focus on satire. This unique festival has been recognized by the Catalan Government, declaring it a Heritage Festival of National Interest.
The Vilanova Carnival is seven days long, full of events that begin on "Fat Thursday" (Dijous Gras) with the Merengada and the traditional Xatonada. With the arrival of King Carnestoltes, on Friday, means the start of an intense weekend marked by traditional costumes and satire.
>> From February 16 to 24, 2023
The court of King Carnestoltes in Vilafranca del Penedès is notoriously shameless and cheeky. The exuberant Concubine, the naughty children, Confetinet and Serpentine, the Nana, the Head of protocol, the Bullfighter, and a whole series of outlandish characters arrive on Thursday to take over the balcony of the town hall to offer a satirical speech encouraging everyone to skip the rules and missbehave for a week.
The star events: the Escorreguda de bars and the Gala Ball on Friday, the impro show of the Court interacting with people around the Saturday farmers market, and the children's carnival in the afternoon.
The death of the Carnival King always takes place on Monday, usually after bizarre freak accidents. The event is broadcast by Penedès Televisió. He might die hung by bunting, suffocated by an egg, run over by a giant bed... every year it gets more and more surreal. Tuesday is the vigil, Wednesday is the funeral... and yes, the parade with floats and costumes takes place on La Rambla on Friday, with the King already dead. And that's why it's called Rua de Resurreccion (Resurection Parade). A jury is going to score the best costumes and floats so they can name the winner.