Carnival in Tarragona is something different, a mix of the irreverent, a touch of poetry, and a loud surreal bang.
Where the morning and afternoon belong to anarchic antics of the Baixada del Pajaritu, the evening sees a transformation takes place. Feathers and glitter appear and Tarragona becomes a glitzy party venue with over a thousand participant getting ready for something which they have rehearsed for the whole year: la Rua de l’Artesania.
For the Carnival purist this event is way too removed from the dark pantomime which lies at the origin of this event. For others it’s a once in a once a year opportunity to be a star. The displays and choreographies are an exuberant brazilian pavlova, dazzling and seriously addictive.
Personal favourites of 2015 was the homage to Roy Lichtenstein with a nod to Pop Art, a two dimensional costumes and speech bubbles. It’s a shame that the competition does not have a price for creativity and originality and the factors which matter is choreography and presentation. Every group taking part has it’s own style: you get seventeenth century gloss, Star Wars, tribal Africa, marine theme, pirates, and this year a mexican tribute to the day of of the dead.
Thousands of adults and children wearing their own alter egos line the streets to see the parade transforming Tarragona in a surreal mix that behind a trail of glitter and feathers.