The Carnival of Maspalamos is in full swing. The “Planet Maspalomas ” theme is Alien Carnival – so be prepared to see lots of colourful and feathered aliens strutting their stuff.
Carnival is great fun and the excellent weather we’re having at the moment only adds to the enjoyment of this wonderful street party.
All the action is taking place around three venues: the Yumbo Commercial Centre in Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas Beach and Anexo II – the commercial centre at Playa del Inglés Beach.
Perhaps the wackiest tradition during carnival is on the last day. The “Burial of the Sardine” is a whole different kettle of fish (groan) from the Big Parade. The “bereaved”, many of them “widows” dress up in fun funeral attire and follow a papier-mâché sardine which symbolises the spirit of carnival in a funeral procession down to the beach.
At the shore the sardine is hoisted onto a boat and taken out to sea where it is burned to represent the end of carnival, accompanied by an impressive fireworks show.
As you might suspect, this is far from a melancholic event. There’s a great party atmosphere and it’s great fun to see revellers go for Oscar performances as they throw themselves on the ground as they weep and wail in a parody of mourning for the sardine.
Curiously, there is plenty of booze consumed during the funeral procession which one supposes must be for medicinal purposes in order to ease the suffering of the bereaved – as well as to give the sardine a great send off!
Here you can see a video of this fun event and the programme for the Maspalomas Carnival.
Wednesday 20th Feb.
19:00 Salsa Workshop
21:00 Gala: “Planet Rhythm”
Thursday 21st Feb.
21:00 Gala of the Drag Queen
23:00 Street Party :“Drag Universe”
Friday 22nd Feb.
12:00 Rescue of the Sardine
21:00 Tourist Gala
23:00 Street Party: “Planet Tourist”
Saturday 23rd Feb.
11:00-14:00 Exhibition of the Gala Winners
17:00 Big Street Parade
22:00 Big Street Party: “Big Bang Maspalomas”
Sunday 24th Feb.
(C.C Anexo II, Playa del Ingles)
14:00 “Planet Sun”
20:00 Reading of the Will
20:30 Burial of the Sardine