Torrevieja´s carnival season was officially launched this week, including a few novelties.

On 11 February, “The Animal Carnival” will be held, with a parade of pets and a costume contest on the Paseo de Vista Alegre; On Sunday 13 February, the “Matero Carnival” will be held for the first time, in the Plaza de Encarnación Puchol de La Mata, and the third addition will be called “Los carnabares”, a tour of participating catering establishments with music and costumes, on March 3, 4 and 5.

The councillor for fiestas, Concha Sala, and the president of the Torrevieja Carnival Cultural Association, Francisco Pizana, presented the acts that make up the Torrevieja Carnival program, recognised since last year as being of Regional Tourist Interest in the Valencian Community.

It was only decided last week to maintain the planned dates to celebrate the carnival, with the application of the current sanitary measures. The Carnival Association has made a query to the Generalitat Valenciana regarding the use of masks during parades and is awaiting a response.

The great parade will be on Sunday 20 February, from 4:00 p.m., with an exhibition area similar to that of 2020 in the vicinity of the Plaza de la Constitución and, the night parade, with the participation of comparsas arriving from other towns, will be held on Saturday 26 February, from 6:00 p.m.

The carnival acts began on Friday at the Municipal Theatre, with the proclamation act by the singer and monologist, “El Sevilla” and the premiere of the 2020 carnival film.

On Saturday 5 February, the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the election of Adult Carnival Queens took place. The Golden Shield will also be awarded, which will be received by Manuel Torres Gómez and Carmen Ferrández Catalá, founders of the “Memories of Africa” troupe.

On Saturday 12 February, the thirteenth National Drag Queen Contest is scheduled at the Municipal Theatre. On 19 February, from 10:30 p.m., the third edition of the “Meeting Carnival” will take place, from the Plaza de la Constitución to the Plaza de Oriente.

The carnival dance for the elderly will be on Thursday 24 February, at the Municipal Leisure Centre (CMO) from 6:00 p.m. On Friday 25 February, there will be the Children’s Parade ” El carnaval de los coles.”

Finally, on March 5 and 6, the Municipal Theatre will host the semi-final and final of the National Comparsas and Chirigotas Contest.

Concha Sala expressed the full support of the council to the carnival group, especially the mayor, Eduardo Dolón, and has guaranteed compliance with all safety and pandemic prevention regulations, both current and those that may arise.