[vc_row][vc_column][wiloke_heading blockname=”Gran Canaria” title=”Maspalomas Carnival” description=”Maspalomas Carnival is one of Gran Canaria’s most colourful events with parades, drag queens and sequins, as far as the eye can see!” alignment=”text-left”][vc_column_text]Shows, street parties & parades – all in the Sun!
Maspalomas Carnival dates change each year and vary between February and March, always a little later than the mainland Carnival events. This year Carnival takes place from the 2nd – 11th March 2018.
Carnival in Maspalomas takes place in the town of Villa de San Bartolomé de Tirajana. Most of the events take place in and around the largest commercial center which is also the gay center – The Yumbo.
Carnival was originally a pagan ritual which became part of the catholic festivities to celebrate the end of exceses and to get ready for the fast during Lent. In many places, carnival is celebrated over three days. These are the three days before Ash Wednesday, the day when Lent starts in the Christian calendar.
Carnival was prohibited in the whole state over the 40’s, during Franco’s dictatorship, although these festivities were clandestinely celebrated in some parts in Spain. In the Canary Islands, carnival was called “Winter Fiestas” in order to conceal its celebration before the dictator’s eyes.
The big nights are the drag queen competition and the all-night street parties. Expect thousands upon thousands of revellers for each event. On the busier days you’ll be hard-pushed to find that many Spanish not dressed in costume, everyone really gets in the carnival mood here.
- Saturday 4th Election of the Carnival Queen
- Thursyday 9th Election of Carnival Drag Queen
- Saturday 11th Carnival Parade
- Sunday 12th Carnival on the Beach
- Sunday 12th Burial of the Sardine