Carnival 2018 Barcelona
Carnival 2018 is coming!
The Carnival of Barcelona is welcoming the party mood to the city this week! The first written reference to the Carnival in Barcelona dates back to 1333, when the battle of oranges was banned (today it is performed as la "Taronjada") and the use of masks was regulated. For an amazing stay in Barcelona, take a look at beautiful apartments by Two Sisters Apartments in the neighborhood of Sant Antoni. The Carnival 2018 is celebrated between the 8th and the 14th of February. The King Carnestoltesá debauchery will arrive soon: the Carnival parades will tour the city on Saturday, February 10 and the party will be extended from Fat Thursday until Ash Wednesday.
The Dijous Gras (Fat Thursday) is the first day of the Carnival cycle, when the King of the Carnival will make the triumphal entry with the "arrival", the main Carnival activity in the city, which consists of a great party with all the courtship of the King Carnestoltes. This year there will be a collective show based on colors, party and masks, that you can follow throughout the afternoon of February 8 at la Plaza de Sant Jaume. This year the motto is: "Without a mask there is no Carnival" so until everyone does not have the mask on, the King Carnestoltes will not arrive! At 5.30 pm the procession will start, from 6 pm you will have to put on one of the colored masks that will be given in the same square, and at 6.30 pm the King Carnestoltes will welcome you with his 7 ambassadors that represent a color and a capital sin. When the proclamation of the Carnival ends, the "taronjada" will begin, a fun war of orange balloons and confetti, a crazy activity of the Carnival of Barcelona.
On Saturday, February 10, 2018 there will be around 30 local processions of Cavalcada del Rei Carnestoltes in all the districts of Barcelona. We recommend seeing the events in the old town of Barcelona. The activities generally focus on civic centers and food markets in each district of Barcelona. During the Carnival of Barcelona you will see many parades, costume contests for adults and children, food and cooking contests. You will get to know the tradition of eating tortillas and the "botifarrada", where everyone eats botifarra, a type of Catalan sausage. In addition to tortillas and botifarra, sardines are one of the main ingredients in the Carnival tradition of Barcelona and there are many sardine tasting events.
According to the tradition, after several days of "sins", the King Carnestoltes is judged on Shrove Tuesday. On Ash Wednesday, the final act of the Carnival of Barcelona is organized, called "The Burial of the Sardine", which serves as a farewell to the King Carnestoltes. Moreover, it traditinally gives a start to the Lent, the period before Easter. Popular events are organized in various neighborhoods of the city and, of course, there the typical sardines will not be lacking! If you´ve decided to visit Barcelona you can always stay in Two Sisters Apartments in the popular neighborhood of Sant Antoni.