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  • ...La Disfressa d'Or

    ...La Disfressa d'Or

  • ...La Bajada del Pajaritu

    ...La Bajada del Pajaritu

  • ...La Rua de l'Artesania

    ...La Rua de l'Artesania

  • ...La Rúa de Lluïment

    ...La Rúa de Lluïment

  • ...Dol, Enterrament i Crema

    ...Dol, Enterrament i Crema

Carnival

  • 1. Disfressa d'Or

    1. Disfressa d'Or

    A gala filled with gloss and glitter, silk and feathers, and the first major event of the Carnival.
    Set at Tarraco Arena Plaça (TAP) the Disfressa d’Or is a fierce and competitive catwalk for best choreography, costumes and display.

  • 2. La Bajada del Pajaritu

    2. La Bajada del Pajaritu

    Dreamt up about 15 years ago, the Bajada del Pajaritu is a crazy race downhill in makeshift “vehicles” of every kind of denomination. It’s held on Saturday in an atmosphere of anarchy and brilliant fun.

  • 3. La Rua de l'Artesania

    3. La Rua de l'Artesania

    The main parade held on Saturday is a huge event. It starts at 18:00 hrs and over three thousand people take part. If you don’t want to be left out come with a costume as the whole of Tarragona joins in.

  • 4. Rúa de Lluïment

    4. Rúa de Lluïment

    A shorter version of the Rua de l’Artesania, the Rúa de Lluïment takes place on Sunday on the Rambla Nou. If you have missed out on the previous night this is the second chance to gaze at the fabulous costumes and energetic dance routines which make the Rúa de Lluïment a real treat.

  • 5. Dol, Enterrament i Crema

    5. Dol, Enterrament i Crema

    Taking place on Monday night this is the final act of the Carnival which sees the cremation of King Carnestolte and his concubine. The firebeast and devils are let loose as the pire burns in front of the Town Hall in a mayheam of fire. A dark and unforgettable ending.


Tarragona Drag Queens & Kings 2017

Tarragona Drag Queens & Kings 2017

Drags and Tarragona don’t go exactly hand in hand, but this did not deter the 12th edition of Drag Queens & Drag Kings to hold another anticipated yearly gala under the exquisite roof of the Metropol theatre. 

Disfressa d’Or 2017

Disfressa d’Or 2017

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No,It’s the Disfressa d’Or, Tarragona’s glossy feathery pageantry and prelude to the carnival this weekend!

The burning of  Carnival 2015

The burning of Carnival 2015

The last day of the carnival in Tarragona is a very dark affair: there is a wake, tears, a damning speech and a final cremation.

Tarragona Carnival 2015

Tarragona Carnival 2015

Carnival in Tarragona is something different, a mix of the irreverent, a touch of poetry, and a loud surreal bang.

Baixada del Pajaritu 2015

Baixada del Pajaritu 2015

The Baixada del Pajarutu (wich traslates as the descent of the birdie) is back racing  down the hill with unbridled enthusiasm, anarchy and fun!  

Tarragona Carnival 2014: street photographs

Tarragona Carnival 2014: street photographs

During the big carnival weekend the whole city takes part and those who don’t look out of place.

Tarragona Carnival: the final act

Tarragona Carnival: the final act

The  last day of the Tarragona Carneval is a mixture of the irreverent, profane and right down apocalyptic with the first Correfoc of the year.

Tarragona Carnival: the big picture

Tarragona Carnival: the big picture

The glam feast which is the Tarragona Carnival got underway last weekend with a gigantic mile long exhotic catwalk. The event, which stretches over two days, is an uplifting spell of colour, glitz and gloss; thousands taking part in what is, undoubtedly, Tarragona´s most glamorous moment of the year.

Tarragona Carnival: La Baixada del Pajaritu

Tarragona Carnival: La Baixada del Pajaritu

La Baixada del Pajaritu is a Tarragona Carnival irreverent classic. Organised by Tarragona self appointed event organisers  the Pipel Entertainment, it involves over twenty andróminas (ramshackle contraptions on wheels) hurling down a hill under the stern eye of a group of Chartreuse swirling judges brought in by a stretch limousine.

The Burning of the King and Queen

The Burning of the King and Queen

The burning of the King and Queen of the Carnival signals the ending of the celebrations in Tarragona in a dark and spectacular display of fire and deprecating speeches.

La Rua de l’Artesania

La Rua de l’Artesania

La Rua Artesania  is one of the most spectacular events that take place in Tarragona during the Carnival. The parade  runs through the main artery of Tarragona and thousands covered in glitter and feathers take part.

Baixada del Pajaritu 2013

Baixada del Pajaritu 2013

The Baixada del Pajaritu took off in its usual spirit of anarchy where anything goes as long as it can roll down a hill.  Supported by a jazzy pop soundtrack churned out by two torero DJ’s , the   multi made contraptions made it to the finishing line, some even in one piece.

Confetti storm hits Tarragona

Confetti storm hits Tarragona

In true Carnival spirit a confetti storm was unleashed by Tarragona’s very own Pipel Entertainment! You just had to surrender to the inevitable, confetti in your hair, nose, mouth, shoes, home, shower, sleep, dreams…everywhere.

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