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The 30 carnival parades in Barcelona's neighbourhoods

Carnival is one of the festivals with the most public participation on the whole festival calendar. And you can see that more than anywhere in the city neighbourhoods, where dozens of activities of all kinds will be taking place in the coming days.

A week packed with meals, from Fat Thursday to Ash Wednesday

Food is one of the highlights of the carnival festival celebrations and in Barcelona you could pass nearly the whole week stuffing your face between omelette competitions and Fat Thursday afternoon snacks, or communal meals and chocolate, pork...

How is Carnival celebrated in other parts of the world?

Battles of Oranges in Italy, fritters in the United States, multitudinous parades in Bolivia... Some features of the Barcelona carnival are reflected in other carnivals around the world. Would you like to know more?

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Main events and activities in the city

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Three Kings Parade

On the evening of 5 January, Barcelona organises a big welcome for the Kings of the Orient, who set off on a big parade.
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Tres Tombs de Barcelona

The main event of the Festa dels Tres Tombs is a parade of animals in a cavalcade and pulling coaches around the city centre.

Tres Tombs Infernals

The Tres Tombs Infernals is a celebration held in Sant Andreu de Palomar that combines street theatre and a firework display with a correfoc.

Did you know...

The Gegants Vells de la Casa de la Caritat are also known as the Carnival giants because the first news we have of them refers to their participation in the arribo of  1859. A that time they belonged to the Societat del Born, one of the organisations most heavily involved in organising the Barcelona Carnival then. As well as publishing bans and all kinds of satirical notices, they organised a parade in which we know various imaginary festival figures took part and there were some spectacular comparses, groups of dancers in fancy dress.

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