The quaint little village of Sitges which is just outside Barcelona to the south, is not only famous for being one of the most popular gay destinations in Spain, but also for its colourful carnival. Around 250,000 Catalans, Germans, Britons and other Europeans will crowd the city for an entire week. At the Sitges Carnival 2010 you are guaranteed a great time. The carnival festivities begin on the Thursday before Lent with the arrival of the King of the ‘Carnestoltes’ and finishes with the Burial of the Sardine on Ash Wednesday. Carnival is the festival of all festivals and there’s no other place than Sitges to experience it.
You’ll get a chance to see devils, angels, indians, cowboys, drag queens, pirates and many other carnival characters. During the Carnival week thousands of masks and costumes will take to the streets to enjoy these intense days of celebration. During the carnival days the town of Sitges is governed by the ‘Carnestoltes’, (the king of the Carnival), with the collaboration of the Queen of the Carnival. Throughout this week dozens of social and cultural events are held, such as the famous carnival parade or ‘Rua de l’extermination’ with floats, bands and many other attractions. Thousands of people dressed up for the occasion run and dance around merrily to the sound of music.
One of the highlights of the Sitges Carnival 2010 is the election of the Queen and the Infant Queen of the Carnival along with of course the King Carnestoltes. During Carnival week ‘Xatonades’ is prepared, (a typical dish of xató and omelette), characteristic of Sitges and its surrounding areas and quite popular at this time of year.
The Sitges carnival will be held between 11th and 17th February and therefore already under way. Sitges is already putting on its best clothes to greet the thousands of fun lovers out for a great time. Nobody should miss the dancing and the Xatonades, as well as the two evening parades: the Sunday Parade, known as “Rua de la Disbauxa” (Rampage Rua) and the Tuesday Parade, called “Rua de l’extermination” (Rua of Extermination). Get on down to Sitges, it’s not far from Barcelona. You’re guaranteed a wonderful time there.