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¡Carnaval de Conil 2016!

It may not be Rio de Janeiro or Notting Hill, but come February the smallest Andalusian pueblos take to the streets to play at dressing-up over carnaval, or carnival. And Conil de la Frontera is no exception.

Even if the sun didn’t come out this year, the smiles were out in force as compensation. And they more than made up for it. Despite dark clouds and spitting rain hundreds turned up in fancy dress and whimsical make-up as the pueblo turned out to watch and express their wonder, while laughing at the most outrageous costumes.

Carnaval is an essential part of the Spanish character; Spain wouldn’t be Spain without it. The climax of weeks and weeks preparation and rehearsal comes with the annual parade where everyone can let off a bit of steam, and some just can’t help themselves from letting off a lot. For more photos of ¡Carnaval de Conil 2016! click here.


7 comments on “¡Carnaval de Conil 2016!

  1. rangewriter
    September 12, 2016

    Beautiful, vibrant photos! I especially love the one of the two kids dressed in gold and in high motion! I am reminded of the nearly daily parades I saw while in Peru.


    • Bryan Hemming
      September 12, 2016

      Thanks, Linda. The motion photos take some time to learn how to do properly, especially when you try to do them with an iphone.


  2. rangewriter
    February 16, 2016

    What marvelous creativity and energy! I especially love the Candy Stipers!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bryan Hemming
      February 16, 2016

      Yes, it’s amazing how much time and creative energy people put into carnaval each year. And Spaniards still have a reputation for being lazy in much of Northern Europe, if only they saw how hard so many work.

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      • rangewriter
        February 16, 2016

        I saw a similar love for costume and celebration when I visited Peru, another country which northerners equate with shiftlessness and lengthy siestas. Communities there gather nearly every weekend for a parade to celebrate a saint or an historic figure or just childhood, which they revere.

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  3. Nil
    February 14, 2016

    Oops! A blog-ghost? 😉


  4. Miriam
    February 14, 2016

    Looks colourful and so much fun.


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