Alcalá de Henares Carnival 2014 Programming

Get to know the details of the Alcalá de Henares Carnival 2014 programming. Carnival is the most massive event in Alcalá during the month of March.

The Councillor of Feasts of the City of Alcalá de Henares, Virginia Sanz, presented the program for Carnival 2014 and has mainly highlighted the increase of a day of activity  and “the participation of entities and associations, because  after the success of the Three King-s Parade, we will count on the collaboration of Club Patín Alcalá and Taller de Danza at the Burial of the Sardine, besides the usual support of Peñas Festivas de la Ciudad“.

Burial of the Sardine
The ‘Burial of the Sardine’ (Entierro de la sardina) is a Spanish ceremony celebrating the end of carnival and other festivities. The “Burials” generally consist of a carnival parade that parodies a funeral procession and culminates with the burning of a symbolic figure, usually a representation of a sardine. The “Burial of the Sardine” during carnival is celebrated on Ash Wednesday and is a symbolical burial of the past to allow society to be reborn, transformed and with new vigour.

Also new in Carnival 2014 will be the recovery of the Concursos de Comparsas (Troupes Contest) and Dance Masks, and the great performance of “The Octopus”. The amount of cash prices has been increased from 1150 to 3000 euros to encourage citizen participation. In addition, following the success of last year’s Carnival, the Department of Fests bet again on the performance of the Chirigota gaditana, “Los Primeros en Mojarse”.

Chirigota
In Chirigotas we usually find about a dozen people. Their repertoire emphasizes especially couplets. Stand satirical aspects, metaphors related to life and society, and double meanings and interpretations in their lyrics.

Carnaval 2014

Programming in detail

Saturday, March 1

18:00 h. CONCURSO DE COMPARSAS

Passacaglia with musical accompaniment, from all the participating groups from the Plaza de los Santos Niños to Plaza de Cervantes by Calle Mayor, establishing the following prizes: First prize  1,000 €, second prize 500 € and third prize, 300 €.

The competition troupes bases are: all those groups who wish to participate must be composed by no less than 5 people, they must participate in costume and originality, good taste, grace and folk art will be awarded.

Participants must register from the 10th to 28th February in the Office of Information and Tourism of the Plaza de los Santos Niños from 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00. All participants must be registered on 1 March at 17:30 in the Plaza de Los Santos, wearing their dorsels.

20:00 h. “EL PULPO” LIVE SHOW

Plaza de Cervantes (Quiosco de la música)

21:00 h. GREAT MASK DANCE CONTEST

22:30 h. AWARDS AND TROPHIES

Sunday, March 2

11:00 – 15:00 h. FREE PLAYGROUND

Plaza de Cervantes

12:00 h KIDS COSTUME CONTEST

14:30 h. AWARDS AND TROPHIES OF KIDS COSTUME CONTEST

18:00 h. GENERAL COSTUME CONTEST

19:30 h. CHIRIGOTA GADITANA SHOW “LOS PRIMEROS EN MOJARSE”.

20:30 h. AWARDS AND TROPHIES

19:00 h. BURIAL OF THE SARDINE

20:30 h. BURNING OF THE SARDINE AND FIREWORKS SHOW

Huerta del Palacio Arzobispal.

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