Sitges Carnival, Spain.
18 – 26 February 2020
Every year, just before the commencement of Lent, the Barcelona-adjacent seaside resort of Sitges goes absolutely troppo – It’s carnival !!
Not as famous, or as grandiose, as its Rio de Janeiro cousin, and offering a classier type of hedonism than Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
You can enjoy parades on Sunday and Tuesday.
A fun “Midday Bed-Race” on Saturday.
On the first Tuesday there is a shorter procession-parade.
Martes Gordo, or Dimarts de Greix in Catalan, is when the week long’s festivities culminate in an almost-all-nighter of parades, dancing in the street, too much drinking and celebrating in the uniquely carnaval way.
The main event of the evening is the Rúa de Extermini, a parade that winds through Sitges narrow, picturesque laneways and down to the seaside.
From there the night gets wilder and wilder, with DJs and bands playing, and revellers letting their masks hide their identity and tear away their inhibitions.
Sitges has for a long time been a LGBTQIA capital of Europe, and offers experiences for everybody willing to party and play with an open mind.
Carnival has also traditionally been a week of release and letting one’s hair really down before the 40 days and 40 nights of Lent’s abstinence.
Combine the occasion and the location and you’ve really got the perfect ingredients for a wild night.