Sitges – Carnival 2017
The Sitges Carnival 2017 is one of the world’s top 10 carnivals and attracts more than 250,000 people to Sitges over 7 days with amazing parades, shows and parties. This is one winter festival you don’t want to miss.
The festivities begin on Dijous Gras, or Fat Thursday, with the arribo, King Carnestoltes’ arrival. They continue until the burial of the sardine — late afternoon on Ash Wednesday.
Folk dances and xatonades (traditional local salad served with assorted omelets) are also characteristic carnival elements. The two most important moments are the Rua de la Disbauxa, or the Debauchery Parade, on Sunday night and the Rua de l’Extermini, or Extermination Parade, on Tuesday night. Around forty floats with more than 2,000 participants fill Sitges.
In the gay and lesbian stronghold of Sitges, the atmosphere is very shrill and eccentric, and the parade is unique. In Sitges, the Carnival has been celebrated for over 100 years.
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