Torrevieja is Alicante's fastest growing city and each year throws a huge carnival to mark the end of winter.
- When? TBC February 2018
- Where? The parade starts from María Asunción Square and finishes at the Municipal Theatre, Alicante
- Price: Free
Each February, the seaside city of Torrevieja on Spain's Costa Blanca kicks up its heels with a Brazilian-style carnival. The Torrevieja Carnival is a community event, with participants and revelers gathering from all sectors to burn off the last of their excesses before lent begins.
The Spanish take these celebrations seriously, so expect incredible choreography, outlandish fancy dress and elaborate floats. 2016's event for example, featured a staggering 37 troupes with more than 1,500 participants. Thousands of spectators lined the route to cheer on the revelers.
The celebrations officially start with the crowning of the previous year's Torrevieja Carnival Queens. The main event is the first parade which usually takes place on a Sunday. Departing at 4 p.m. from María Asunción Square, it winds its way through Calle Ramón Gallud and Calle Patricio Pérez. Upon reaching the Municipal Theatre, prizes are given out for the best floats and participants.
Ranging from toddlers in prams to energetic octogenarians, the Torrevieja Carnival parade is made up of different 'schools' or troupes, each organized around a chosen theme. Accompanied by their own music vans, they strut their stuff competing for valuable cash prizes. In previous years the pot has totaled nearly €10,000. As well as schools from Torrevieja, visiting troupes from nearby regions such as Murcia are also invited to take part. The parade is then repeated along the same route on the following Saturday, beginning later at 10 p.m. There are no prizes for this second parade, and it's generally a more relaxed affair.
The Torrevieja Carnival also hosts a street musician competition, a drag queen competition and a children's competition. Get ready to party.
- Get there: Rent a car and make use of on-street parking near the square.
- Stay: Find a hotel between the beach and María Asunción Square.
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