Adopting the slogan, “Barcelona is Carnival“, the city will once again become the setting for a whole series of events and activities where fun and revelry are the major attractions.
Revamped, but with a historical spirit. This is the aim of the second carnival Barcelona is holding that takes its inspiration from previous editions held in the 14th, 17th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Aside from the traditional parades (34 throughout the city) the 2013 Carnival will be structured around four major events.
The first is the arrival of the Carnival King, the famous clown: Tortell Poltrona, which signals the official start of the carnival celebrations. The coronation takes place on Fat Thursday, when the Mercat de la Llibertat will host the presentation of the seven ambassadors.
Another of the city’s big events is the Taronjada, a pitched orange-tinged battle pitting every one against everyone else. Symbolising the oranges that were originally hurled, it takes place on Carnival Sunday, the same day as the Carnival King’s Parade, this year’s big novelty.
Finally, the traditional burial of the sardine will bring the carnival to an end. The main event will be held in Ciutadella Park, where there will be a children’s party with a workshop for them to make symbolic pictures of sardines wearing clothes.
The aim, then, is to reclaim the Barcelona, Catalan and Mediterranean spirit of the festival.