Carnival in Cartagena – 2nd March
The main Cartagena Carnival parade for 2019 takes place on 2nd March.
Carnival in Cartagena is a large and spectacular event, filling the centre of the city with sounds and colour as the city parties into lent and the countdown to the Easter processions (Semana Santa).
As elsewhere in Spain, the carnival festivities are hosted by the larger than life figure of Don Carnal, the personification of lust, excess and pleasure, who is engaged in continual combat with Doña Cuaresma, the looming shadow of Lent, representing austerity, piety, and denial.
The two clash throughout, with Don Carnal winning the battle and ruling for the pleasures of carnival until he is finally defeated by Doña Cuaresma as we enter Lent and the 40-day run-up to Easter.
Cartagena’s grand carnival parade begins at 18 p.m. from the Alameda de San Antón and passing throughout the city. The Parade features around 90 floats and over 5000 participants.
Carnival in San Pedro del Pinatar – 1st to 3rd March