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Carnival


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Festive processions dedicated to Carnival begin in San Sebastian 40 days before the Passover Week. Starting from Thursday, mummers walk through different quarters of the city, singing songs dedicated to the goddess Momo - the queen/patron of the carnival. Festivities reach the apotheosis on the weekend: locals dress up in fun outfits and go to watch the gran-parade, in which specialized platforms decorated in different styles move through the center city accompanied by music and large groups of dancers.  Performers choose different themes each year such as national processions in Asia or Latin America, traditional carnival spirits or characters from famous films. The festive week ends on Monday with the funerals ceremony of a sardine. The moaning procession, accompanied by weeping and funeral music, carries a huge fish dummy along the central streets of San Sebastian and then solemnly burns it outside the City Hall.

FRIDAY:
18.31. goddess Momo travels through the city from Londres hotel.

SATURDAY:
17:01First Parade
Route: Boulevard - Hernani - avda de la Libertad - Urbieta - Prim - Bergara - Idiakez - plaza Gipuzkoa - Legazpi - Boulevard

SUNDAY:
17:01Second Parade
Route: Boulevard - Hernani - avda de la Libertad - Urbieta - Prim - Bergara - Idiakez - plaza Gipuzkoa - Legazpi - Boulevard

MONDAY:
19:31 Burial of the Sardine
Parade with the participation of carnival crowd devils, widows and other characters. You will also see Txarangas Los Pasai, The Tireless and the special Les Rodjes Macrâles de Liege (The Red Witches of Liege).
Route: pl. Bilbao, Getaria, Txurruka, pl. Gipuzkoa, Elkano, Boulevard, Alderdi Eder.
20:01 BURNING THE SARDINE in Alderdi Eder.

 

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