The Carnival in Gijón is one of the most anticipated events of the year in the city and is an opportunity for the people of Gijón and tourists to have fun, dress up and enjoy a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities. This holiday has been declared festival of regional tourist interest and covers the period from Thursday of comadres until the Tuesday of Carnival with the Burial of the Sardine.
In Asturias, the Carnival period is known as Anthroxu.
The carnival began to be celebrated in the streets of the city as a way to counteract the sadness and melancholy of winter and over the years, this celebration has evolved and has become one of the most popular carnivals in Spain, with a large number of visitors who flock to the city to participate in the festivities.
In addition to the traditional parade through the streets of the city, the carnival offers a wide variety of activities for all tastes and ages. For example, costume contests for children and adults are organized, in which participants can show their creativity and originality, there are also concerts, magic shows, theater performances and film screenings for those who seek a more cultural experience.
The Burial of the Sardine
The carnivals culminate with the Burial of the Sardine, an event that symbolizes the end of Carnival and the beginning of Lent. During this event, a giant sardine (which has been in charge of entertaining the previous days) is said goodbye while the participants cry and say goodbye to the carnival until next year.