Costumes, masquerade, parades, singing, dancing, music, activities, food & drink.
This is what you will experience when you celebrate La Herradura & Almuñécar Carnival! The parades begin at one location and end at the party event locations. This year the party locations are at Plaza Kuwait in Almuñécar and at the Plaza de la Independencia in La Herradura. Keep on reading for detailed events and locations.
Table of Contents
- What is Carnival?
- La Herradura & Almuñécar Agenda 2020, February 21 – 23
- Almuñécar Carnival 2020
- Almuñécar Children’s Carnaval – Friday, February 21
- Almuñécar Adult’s Carnaval – Saturday, February 22
- La Herradura Carnival 2020
- La Herradura & Almuñécar Carnival Image Gallery
- Guide to Carnivales in Andalucia
- More Things To Do in Almuñécar
- Organized Tours
What is Carnival?
Carnival is typically an annual Christian feast time leading up to Lent. This is the time to eat, drink and be merry. It is often celebrated in style with costumes, masquerade, parades, singing, dancing, music, activities, food and drink. The biggest Carnival event in the world is in Rio de Janeiro. There is also a very large Carnival celebration right here in Spain too, with 10 days of fun at Carnaval in Cádiz. The final night is the biggest parade and costume contests.
You may have also heard of Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday is the last night to indulge in rich and fatty foods, before lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Lent is the period from Ash Wednesday to Easter (Semana Santa). This is a period of 40 days and changes each year according to the date of Easter on Christian calendar. Lent is the time for reflection, awareness, “fasting” or giving up something indulgent, as well as preparation for Easter celebrations. These 40 days of Lent are intended to have Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice.
Other terms used: Carnivale, Carnivals, Carnavals, Carnavales
Please see holiday calendar here
La Herradura & Almuñécar Agenda 2020, February 21 – 23
This is always great fun and you can enjoy an intimate celebration in La Herradura or a slightly bigger festival in Almuñécar. Either way you are in for a treat and will enjoy the experience!
Almuñécar Carnival 2020
The Carnaval de Almuñecar main party location for 2020 will held in the party tent en la plaza de Kuwait, near the aquarium.
Concejalía de Cultura y Fiestas de Almuñécar
11:00 Daycare Carnival party in Almuñécar
The local Children’s centers will have a party, to be held in front of the Ayuntamiento, Plaza de la Constitución.
17:00 Children’s Carnival Party!
This free event will be held in the party tent en la plaza de Kuwait, near the aquarium. There will be fun for everyone with bouncy houses, music, activities and great performances.
17:00 – Almuñécar Carnival bike parade
Get on your best costume and bring your bike. This is a fun event for children and adults, as you parade around town in costume riding your bicycles. The parade departs from the Stadium at 17:00, but show up about 30 minutes early to register for the event.
21:00 – 22:00 Almuñécar Carnival Parade
21:00 Departing for CEIP Virgen de la Antigua on Avenida Juan Carlos I
CEIP Virgen de la Antigua, Avenida Juan Carlos I, Calle de la Carrera de la Concepción, Avenida Europa, Plaza de Kuwait
22:00 Arrival at Carnival tent at Plaza de Kuwait.
Once again costumes are on parade for the adults! You will see individual costumes, small groups and large group costume themes as well. Join in on the fun or just come to watch. This will be held in the party tent en la plaza de Kuwait, near the aquarium. Enjoy the costume contest, chirigotas and more!
23:00 – 03:00 Almuñécar Grand Carnival Party and Concert
Entertainment all night long! Enjoy the fun, dance, and socialize. This will be held in the party tent en la plaza de Kuwait, near the aquarium. The photo below is from years past near the Ayuntamiento.
The 2021 program will be available in February 2021, events are always 6-7 weeks before Easter.
La Herradura Carnival 2020
Music and entertainment at Plaza de la Independencia
21:00 La Herradura Carnival parade
Once again costumes are on parade for the adults! You will see individual costumes, small groups and large group costume themes as well. Join in on the fun or just come to watch. The parade will depart from the Civic Center at 21:00 and make its way to Plaza de la Independencia. The chirigotas will be singing and the costume contest will be held on stage. Come see who will win the prizes this year!
12:00 Infantil Carnival in La Herradura
Children’s Center of La Herradura will parade starting at 12:00 from the Civic Center to the Plaza de La Independencia.
12:00 La Herradura Carnival Infantil Party!
The Carnival party, with bouncy houses, activities and more. Plaza de La Independencia
21:00 Night of Carnival
(NOCHE CARNAVALESCA) at the Civic Center auditorium (Teatro del Centro Cívico). Free entry.
La Herradura & Almuñécar Carnival Image Gallery
Guide to Carnivales in Andalucia
Read more about the various events in Andalucia here.
More Things To Do in Almuñécar
If this wasn't enough for you or you want more adventurous activities, please review our full list of Things To Do in Almuñécar, including 1/2 day and full day trips from Almuñécar.
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