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The Badajoz Carnival is one of the best carnivals in Spain, renowned by the national news media. Thousands flock to the city, to dress up and party until the sardine is buried.
The Badajoz Carnival is one of the highlights of Spain’s social calendar, with thousands of citizens and visitors taking part. Months before the carnival, groups meet to design and create the costumes they will wear as part of a fancy dress contest. Street bands rehearse, in order to participate in their own street band contest. Visitors provide the real essence of the carnival’s spirit, making do with simple clothing and fabrics to create characters that add to the amusement of the celebration.
On the last Sunday of the Badajoz Carnival, the historical streets and main avenues of this destination fill with people for the group parade. The people, in their colourful and original costumes, dance choreographically to drum music. Carnival Sunday attracts the greatest number of visitors to this magical destination. On Monday the streets are overwhelmed, yet again, for one last night of celebration. On Tuesday morning the sardine is buried.
A sardine puppet is buried at the end of each carnival season to signify the end, until the next year. The Badajoz Festival and the burial of the sardine mark the beginning of Lent in an unusual, outrageous and spectacular way that is unique to this destination. The joy of the festivities are enough to set anyone up for a promising year to come.