Carnival Nueva Andalucia

The Carnival Nueva Andalucia is small...really small. What it lacks in size it makes up for in charm. This carnival focuses on kids and family. Many bouncy castle, parades and sweets and treat for the little ones.

The celebration of Carnival is a time where everyone dresses up in costume and participates in a number of activities offered by the Marbella Town Hall or Ayuntamiento de Marbella.

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

TIP: You may notice around this time of year costumes being sold in all the major supermarkets and smaller costume shops or flamenco stores. Why not pick one up and join in on the festivities?

CARNIVAL nueva Andalucia PROGRAMME 2018

Carnaval Season is here in Spain so it is a time for each city to celebrate. Below is the official schedule for this year's festivities in the town of Nueva Andalucia. 


5.00 pm Carnival Children's Party in Baltasar Gracián Square, with different activities for the little ones:

  • Bouncy castles
  • Carnival workshops 
  • Carnival Photocall
  • Children's Costumes Competition, three individual categories, couples and groups (one hour before the start of the Party)
  • Carnival snack
  • Popcorn and sweet cotton
  • Children's Animation Group 
  • Performance of MimosÍn Show and many surprises.


18.30 H Carnival Party at the Active Participation Center for the elderly of Nueva Andalucia.


10.15 H Parade of children's carnival organized by the CEIP José Banús, who will tour the different streets of Nueva Andalucía


12.00 h "Chori-pan de Carnaval", in Baltasar Gracián square, with the participation of the Local Carnival Groups and the performance of Pepe "El Caja".


16.00 H Carnival party at El Angel, on Avenida Las Palmeras, with the following activities: - Inflatable Castles - Mimosín Show and many surprises.

The Carnival Nueva Andalucia programme above is provided by the Ayuntamiento de Marbella. For more information please visit

The Municipal Delegation of Parties, reserves the right to suppress, modify or extend any of the events scheduled when the circumstances so require.

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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 Highlights

The kids parade, which has a jury to choose the winners in the categories of costumes individual, family and groups. Leave the Santo Cristo Square and end with a children's party at the Paseo de la Alameda. 

Marbella Town Theatre hosts semifinal of the musical contest groups and then the final. The kids comedy contest will also be held at the theater and will be awarded a with a children's party for the winning school.

The program also includes Humor Parade and Carnival Parade and at the Palacio de Congresos and 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".

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 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 Carnaval Poster.

SOURCE: Marbella Ayuntiamento

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