About the Malaga Carnival
The Malaga Carnival has been around longer than anyone can remember and is rich in history and tradition. The carnival disappeared during the 1930`s but made an animated comeback in 1981 and is now bigger and more colorful than ever before. The Malaga Carnival serves up a spectacular blend of elaborate costumes, murgas, comparsas, carriages, dancing and groups of chirigotas singing songs and competing for the best ensemble of the year. The weeks preceding the carnival are filled with get-togethers where everyone eats thick soup and cabbage stews, and it is also the time where the first selections of choirs and chirigotas are made for the carnival contests.
The 10 days of the carnival are filled with different activities including the grand finale of the contests, the choosing of the carnival king and queen, the carnival parade and even a Carnival Ball. As the carnival comes to a close, a procession is held on the Sunday and is called the `Entierro del Boqueron` or the burial of the anchovy, and it is followed by a fireworks display on the seashore.
When is the Malaga Carnival held?
The Malaga Carnival is held in each year February on the week before Lent although the festivities unofficially begin weeks before. The main parade takes place on `Carnival Sunday` but the celebrations last for 10.
Where does it take place?
The Malaga Carnival takes place in various spots around Malaga depending on the day of celebration.
Do you have to pay?
No payment is required. Travelers can join in the festivities free of charge.