Carnival is one of the funniest and most crazy holidays on the calendar. They are the prelude to a time of recollection, that will culminate with Lent and the subsequent Holy Week and mourning for the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, according to the Christian calendar. The fun and humor pretending to be someone else and the music during this lively party, will soon be enjoyed and celebrated in the capital of Spain. Today ShMadrid will tell you all about Carnival 2019 in Madrid.
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Celebrating Carnival in Madrid
Carnival is coinciding with the last new moon of winter. It’s an ideal celebration to show wit and sense of humor and enjoy a colourful party. In Madrid this fun party is celebrated every year, in order to have fun and enjoy the originality and creativity of some of the costumes that can be seen in the different parades. The first important event during the Madrid Carnival, is the Proclamation, always executed by people of relevance in the cultural or social sphere of Madrid. After the parade begins, you can see the creations and the originality of the designs, either because of the actuality they reflect, or because of the sense of humor or the quality of the disguise. Carnival without music, is not really Carnival. For that reason, traditional activities during Spanish Carnival are dances and chirigotas. Other activities that usually take place during this event are el Baile de máscaras de Carnaval del Círculo de Bellas Artes, el manteo del pelele, el Encuentro de Murgas y Chirigotas or la Muestra de Comparsas Madrileñas. Concerts, theme parties in different places and thousands of activities for children, complete the Carnival agenda in Madrid.
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Carnival ends with the burial of the Sardine, el Entierro de la Sardina. In this solemn act, when costumes are still worn, the fanfares slowly soften and end their music and the sardine is buried. The party comes to an end, in order to give way to Lent. The burial begins in the plaza of San Antonio de la Florida, crossing the bridge of the Manzanares and crossing the Paseo del Comandante Fortea, Santa Comba street, Doctor Casal street and the underground passage of the M-30. The fish is finally buried in the Fuente de los Pajaritos in the Plaza de las Moreras de la Casa de Campo. As you can see, Carnival is one of the most traditional and celebrated festivities in the capital. It is one of the most fun and joyful events of the year. If you do not know where to buy your costume for the parade, organized by the City Council of Madrid, you can do it at Barullo. You can also find a store in Santa Engracia Street 131, in the neighborhood of Chamberí. If you can not find anything of your liking here, you can always create your own costume with things you have at home. Remember that creativity and originality are almost more important than wearing an impeccable costume.
What will your be doing this Carnival?