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Carnival, Cadiz: 17 reviews and 18 photos

  Rafa fresh from singing in his Chirigota
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Carnival is many things for many people in Cadiz from a mere excuse for a major drinking session to a musical occasion celebrated in the Theatre of Cadiz. Whatever it is Cadiz is famous for it!

It is not like the Carnavales of Brazil or the such like and is indeed as unique as the citizens of Cadiz are themselves.

Let me take you step by step through the proceedings as well as I can.

It all starts a couple of weeks before the musical spectacular in El Teatro Gran Falla in the Pestiñada where the music groups otherwise known as Chrigotas take to the streets of their neighbourhood to give a preview of what is to come during the main celebrations. It is called Pestiñada because free Pestiñada sweet pastries are given out on the street while the people drink their beers or wines and listen to the satirical and humorous songs of the Chririgotas.

The next week comes the Erizada where the whole thing happens all over again but this time isolated to Plaza San Antonio where the Chirigotas get to take the stage for the first time that year. It is called Erizada because free Erizadas (a type of shell fish) are given out on the streets while people drink and enjoy the music.

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  • Updated Jan 21, 2008
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