Costumes, masquerade, parades, singing, dancing, music, activities, food & drink. This is what you will experience when you celebrate La Herradura & Almuñécar Carnival! Activities are usually centered near the Ayuntamiento in Almuñécar and the Plaza de la Independencia in La Herradura. The parades usually begin at the stadium in Almuñécar and at the Civic Center in La Herradura. Keep on reading for detailed events and locations.
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.
La Herradura & Almuñécar Agenda Friday, February 22
11:00 Infantil Carnival in Almuñécar
The local Children’s centers will have a party, to be held in front of the Ayuntamiento, Plaza de la Constitución.
11:00 Infantil Carnival in La Herradura
Children’s Center of La Herradura will parade starting at 11:00 from their school to the Civic Center. The Carnival party will take place here with bouncy houses, activities and more.
Almuñécar Carnival 2019
The 2020 program will be available in early February 2020, events are always 6-7 weeks before Easter.
Almuñécar Agenda Friday, March 1
17:00 Children’s Carnival Party!
This free event will be held at the Virgen de la Antigua school, across from the main bus station on Avenida Juan Carlos I. There will be fun for everyone with bouncy houses, music, activities and great performances.
Almuñécar Agenda Saturday, March 2
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.
20:30 Almuñécar 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 stadium at 20:30 and make its way to the Ayuntamiento, Plaza de la Constitución.
22:00 Almuñécar Carnival Costume Contest
This will be held at the Ayuntamiento, Plaza de la Constitución. Enjoy the costume contest, chirigotas and more!
La Herradura Carnival 2019
La Herradura Agenda Saturday, March 2
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!
La Herradura Agenda Sunday, March 3
12:00 La Herradura Carnival Infantil Party! Plaza de La Indepencia
La Herradura & Almuñécar Carnival Image Gallery
Places to Stay in Spain
Que ver en Almuñecar/ What to do in Almuñecar
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