Sunday, February 10, 2013

Carnaval Madrid

Cadiz is famous for its raucous Carnaval - costumed youths take to the streets for an all day party.

I do not live in Cadiz. I live in Madrid.

Madrid's Carnaval is a smaller, more controlled affair. However, we woke Saturday morning to the first rumbling notes of this song. As the bass kicked in, our house began to shake and throwing open the windows, we realized that they were testing the speakers for the stage of the opening ceremony of Madrid's Carnaval. In front of our house.

Matt, Charly and I pulled up couches to the window, threw open the doors and spent our afternoon watching the antics of Carnaval.

Mat and I also caught the parade that trailed through the streets of Madrid that evening. Firebreathers and women in giant dresses floated through the twilight.

The next day we watched the Encuentro de Murgas y Chirigotas. This tradition has groups of Spaniards perform humorous songs with routines. People laughed, we laughed, although we only got about 5% of the jokes.