Tomorrow (20th February) is the big day: The start of the Benalmadena Carnival!
The fun starts with the official opening of the Carnival – known as the ‘Pregon’- which takes place in the ‘Plaza de la Mezquita’ at 8:00pm. This marks the start of a fortnight full of colour, creativity and fun with activities and events for all ages.
After months of preparation and rehearsals, the BenalmadenaTown Hall has just presented the full programme of events for the Carnival which take place in Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmadena Pueblo.
There’s lots planned for the next two weeks; below you’ll find a selection of the most popular events:
9:00pm: Election of the Carnival Drag Queen in the ‘Plaza de la Mezquita’.
7:00pm: Great Carnival Parade and Fancy Dress Contest in Benalmádena Pueblo. Starts from ‘Jardines del Muro’ and ends in ‘Plaza del Alguacil’
7:30pm to 10:30pm: Great Carnival Ball in Benalmádena Pueblo (Plaza del Alguacil)
6:00pm: Great Carnival Parade and Fancy Dress Contest in Arroyo de la Miel. Starts from the Tivoli World car park.
7:30pm to 10:30pm: Great Carnival Ball in ‘Plaza de la Mezquita’
12:00pm: Desfile de la Quema de la Lagartija (Arroyo de la Miel) – This is a traditional parade featuring a large cardboard lizard. The lizard gets paraded through the streets of Arroyo before being burned.
1:00pm: Quema de la Lagartija (Burning of the Lizard) in Paloma Park Fair Ground marks the official end of the Carnival.
1:00pm: Gastronomic Carnival with lots food, music and singing.
Are you planning on taking part in this year’s Benalmadena Carnival? If you enjoy a good party then we highly recommend you take a quick trip up to Arroyo de la Miel or Benalmadena Pueblo, you’ll have a ball 🙂
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