Torrevieja Carnival

(aka Carnaval de Torrevieja)

Carnival is celebrated throughout Spain, with each town and city putting their individual flair on the celebrations, but all have one thing in common, having a good time. Carnival is celebrated in Torrevieja from January through to February each year with a variety of different events and parades. The events usually start with the presentation of the Carnival Queens and their ladies in waiting, various grand balls and opening speeches.

Torrevieja Carnival
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One of the most colourful and popular events of the carnival is the Drag Queen Parade and National Drag Queen Contest where months are spent in preparing the various beautiful and flamboyant costumes and practising dance routines in order to compete for the Drag Queen prize. The main parades are usually held in February and have up to 40 troupes and around 1,500 participants in some of the most amazing and intricate costumes from all over the city and surrounding areas. Troupes of up to 100 performers compete for prizes totalling thousands of euro’s. There are both afternoon and evening parades that start in the Plaza de Maria Asuncion and wind their way along Calle Ramon Gallud to the finishing point in the Plaza de la Constitucion. After the previous weeks of hard work, endless practice sessions and gruelling competitions, the final main parades are more relaxed and festive occasions where the participants can let their hair down and really enjoy themselves without the pressure of competing.

The final parades are real crowd pullers with the vast majority of Torrevieja’s residents and visitors flooding the streets in a riot of colour, music and laughter, joining in the parades, dancing and partying the night away. There are usually fireworks and beach parties taking place until the early hours with both spectators and participants making the most of the Carnival’s finale and excitedly speculating on what to expect next year.

Held in 2016, between the 16th of January and the 13th of February.

This annual event is growing as more and more people enjoy it’s “Brazilian like” party atmosphere.

Saturday 16th January

Carnival Open Speech and presentation of last years Carnival Queen, in the Eras de las Sal. Starts 21:00.

Saturday 23rd January

8th National Drag Queen Contest, in the Eras de las SalStarts 21:30.

Sunday 31st January

Murgas Competition in the Eres de la Sal, Start 21:30.

Sunday 7th February

Carnival Contest Parade starting from the Plaza María Asunción, following a route along Calle Ramón Gallud to Calle Patricio Pérez. Starts 16:00.

Saturday 13th February

Carnival Evening Parade starting from Calle Patricio Pérez street, following a route along Calle Ramón Gallud to the Plaza María Asunción. Starts 22:00.

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