Marbella Carnival - Carnaval de Marbella

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The Marbella Carnival includes fun and entertainment in four different areas of the city - Marbella center, San Pedro de Alcantara, Nueva Andalucia and Las Chapas. The "Carnaval de Marbella" is celebrated every year and is a festive occasion for the entire family.  

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This is a time where everyone dresses up in costume and participates in a number of activities offered by the city. You may notice around this time of year costumes being sold in all the major supermarkets and smaller costume shops or flamenco stores.


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Entierro del Boquerón

You may have also heard "El Entierro de la Sardina", in English the burial of the sardine. This tradition finds its origin in the symbolism of the beginning of lent, when you are supposed to leave behind (bury) all the excesses and sins of the Carnival period.

Fancy Dress and Costume Shopping

The big Shopping Malls always have costumes available. La cañada also has a costume shop on the top floor.Another option for costume hunting is the great Chinese Bazaar stores we have scattered throughout the Costa del Sol.

Malaga Carnival

Malaga also have a great celebration around the same time as the Marbella Carnivals, these include magnificent parades, performances, competitions, drag queen shows and more.

Marbella Carnival 2016 Program

On February 7 there will be a kids parade, which will have a jury that will choose the winners in the categories of costumes individual, family and groups will be held. Leave the Santo Cristo Square and end with a children's party at the Paseo de la Alameda. This year, as new, Venus and Nynfys winner will be selected.

Marbella Town Theatre will host from 8-11 February semifinal of the musical contest groups and the 12 February will be the final. The kids comedy contest will also be held at the theater on February 10 and will be awarded a with a children's party for the winning school.

The program also includes Humor Parade and Carnival Parade, to be held on February 13. That same day  at the Palacio de Congresos there will be a show with the participation of comedian "El Cherif" and Antonio Martin, two of the most famous from the Carnival of Cadiz. The entrance is €5 that will be donated to the association "Drawing Smiles".

Román stressed that fans "will enjoy in Marbella five major groupings of Carnival of Cádiz" as "El Cherif" Tino Martin and Antonio Tovar, the Carapapa known Brothers and add Antonio Martinez Ares, who returns after twelve years.

Also new this year the Carnavalesca Cultural Association elects the Momo God, which will be selected by Francisco Blanco Suárez "Butane" one of the best known figures of the Carnival of Marbella.

Last but not least a very well done to the winner of the 2016 Carnaval Poster: César Nuñez Álvarez

SOURCE: Marbella Ayuntiamento

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