Monday’s Travel Photos – Carnival in Barcelona

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When we arrived in Barcelona on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, we had no idea it was the start of carnival. Our first inkling was when we saw lots of school children in costumes near our appartment, but we dismissed it as some sort of very local festivity. However, when we went to the main food market next day – Santa Caterina – and saw geishas and cowboys selling fruit and vegetables, we realised it must be something bigger! On Saturday, we ran into Freddy Flintstone and Superman pushing strollers with diminutive Princes and Zorros. On Sunday, we happened to run into the parade as it left Santa Caterina.

A bumble bee in Santa Catarina market

A bumble bee in Santa Catarina market

My fishmongers in Paris would never dress like this!

My fishmongers in Paris would never dress like this!

This group was singing country & western songs with great gusto

This group was singing country & western songs with great gusto

But these were my very favourite of all!

But these were my very favourite of all!

Each float had a colour theme

Each float had a colour theme

A woman and masked driver lead each "colour"

A woman and masked driver lead each “colour”

The carriage was usually followed by a group carrying balloons of the same colour

The carriage was usually followed by a group carrying balloons of the same colour

But sometimes they were completely disparate

But sometimes they were completely disparate

Sky blue this time

Sky blue this time

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Inbetween the carriages were various bands and flags

Inbetween the carriages were various bands and flags

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4 Responses to Monday’s Travel Photos – Carnival in Barcelona

  1. Mary Kay says:

    Isn’t it great when you unexpectedly run into a parade or festival when you’re visiting a place. All of the bright colors in your photos are a welcome change from the miserable weather outside my window today!

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      I perfectly agree. I was sorry I didn’t take photos of Freddy Flintstone and Superman. Most amusing. It’s so disappointing, isn’t it, to have more cold weather when we were hoping it would get warmer.

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