Carnaval

It’s ‘Carnaval’ time here: several days of celebrations and events to mark the beginning of Lent. Sadly, we will miss the ‘Burial of the Sardine’ on Wednesday, but we did manage to pop down to Luarca to watch the carnival parade yesterday evening. We sat on a squidgy sofa outside a bar for a while, enjoying a coffee and watching the costumed world go by (we are becoming very Spanish in our habits!) then headed down to the harbour.

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We weren’t too sure what to expect but surely any parade that is led by a dancing pig and band of jazz-playing monks has got to be good fun!

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Unfortunately, our ageing camera didn’t like the falling light levels and lots of our photos are too blurred to be useful but here are a few just to give a taste of the event.

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From Bollywood to beekeepers, Flintstones to fishermen, tiny tots to tottering ancients, it was a celebration of colour and noise, dancing and laughter, family, friends and community . . . and that, surely, is exactly how it’s meant to be. 🙂

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