Carnival preparations begin

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It may only be the beginning of January but already the lead in to February’s carnival has begun in Torrevieja. On the 28th January it will be the coronation of the Queens that will form the opening ceremony. Young women will be selected as part of both the adult and youth categories. Announcements will be made on the evening.

The majority of the presentations and performances surrounding carnival this year will be shared between the two venues of the International Auditorium and the Virgen del Carmen Centre. It is unlikely to take place at the Eras de la Sal as happened last year.

The Drag Queens’ event will be held on Friday 3rd February. This will be the ninth drag queen celebration, an event that has become renowned for its makeup, high heels and imagination with participants coming from all over Spain.

On Saturday February 11th there will be the murgas contest with participants from other areas. Murgas are a form of popular musical theatre performed in Argentina, Montevideo and Uruguay. The performance is a combination of song and dance and the performers are usually, but not always, men. On February 7th there will be the children’s carnival dance and an event for the elderly will be celebrated on February 16th.

The carnival procession itself will be on Sunday 19th February during the day and the evening carnival procession will be on the 25th February.This is the highlight of the carnival seasonand so far 25 different teams, six groups and three individuals have signed up. There will be three ‘comparsas’ or dance groups from other countries.

The procession on the 19th will set off from the Plaza de Mariá Asunción along the Ramón Gallud route until Calle Orihuela. The evening procession will set off at 10pm along the same route but will disband at Patricio Pérez.

There will also be two competitions, one for painting and another photography which will take place on Instagram. Hopefully the weather will be kind to the carnival participants this year.

Suzanne O’Connell