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Cádiz Carnival from the 16th to the 26th February 2023

Cádiz Carnival is a ten day celebration the premier, and probably craziest, carnival in Spain from the 16th to the 26th February 2023

By Nick Nutter | Updated 17 Sep 2022 | Cádiz | Events | Login to add to YOUR Favourites or Read Later

Cadiz Carnival Dates

In October 2021, the Cádiz town council announced that the dates for Cádiz Carnival would be changed from the traditional late February, to early June. You should therefore check the dates of the carnival using the link below.

Whether in February or June, for 10 days, Cádiz bursts to life during its world-famous Carnival. For ten days the city celebrates with parades, music, singing, dance, food, competitions, street shows and, of course, fireworks. Visitors arrive from all over the world for this event, reputed to be the largest in Spain. The first parade, Gran Cabalgato, takes place on the first Sunday of the carnival. Ten thousand people are expected to pack the streets for the procession.


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Cádiz carnival was influenced by the carnival at Venice, with which city Cádiz had much trade during the 16th century and is now considered the premier carnival in Spain. It is a party that officially last ten days but often carries on for up to three weeks. Even before the official start you will find ‘rehearsals’ on various streets with bands practising, bars overflowing onto the footpath, roads closed using impromptu barriers and costumes being tried for size. The Police cheerfully ignore such innocent fun, after all, this is the only carnival in Spain that Franco could not ban.


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Check here for details of Cadiz Carnival

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  • Alison Jeffreys - 5 Feb 2020
    Please could you give details of Cadiz carnival events on Thursday and Friday 20 and 21 February. We travel back to the Uk on 22 February but would like to enjoy early festivities. Gracias
    • Nick Nutter - 6 Feb 2020
      Hi Alison, The only site I know that has an agenda for 2020 is https://neocrunch.com/cadiz-carnival/ It all gets very flexible. Enjoy the carnival.
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