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Málaga Carnival from the 11th to the 19th February 2023

The carnival ends with a giant boquerone being paraded through the city to La Malaqueta beach

By Nick Nutter | Updated 23 Nov 2022 | Málaga | Events | Login to add to YOUR Favourites or Read Later
Malaga Carnival - Image by My Guide Malaga

Malaga Carnival - Image by My Guide Malaga

Málaga tends to go over the top with every event; Málaga Carnival is no exception. Málaga Carnival lasts for two weeks, normally at the end of February beginning of March. Preparations for the carnival start with the carnival lights, added to the Christmas lights in Calle Larios a harlequin is put in place under the Marqués de Larios statue and a giant stage is erected in Plaza de la Constitución.


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Málaga Carnival starts with the selection of the god and goddess of the carnival. You can expect children’s parties, music, dancing, street food in abundance, parades, concerts, a ‘Battle of the Flowers’, and, finally, a boquerone fest in Plaza de la Constitución. The carnival ends with a giant boquerone being paraded through the city to La Malaqueta beach, where it takes centre place on a huge bonfire a symbolic end of carnival and beginning of Lent.


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For a programme and dates of Málaga Carnival, click here

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