Colorful costumes, big bottles of Don Simon Sangría, and endless singing crowds, only signals one thing: Carnaval season!
From Latin America to Asia, this month is full of parades, dancing, satirical plays, and more, before the Lenten season. Though it has Roman Catholic roots, people pretty much let loose in socially unacceptable clothing before renouncing some luxuries for Lent.
In other words, it’s wild. And my experiences in Spain were no exception.
My first Carnaval was during study abroad in Cádiz where I stayed up until 5am in the rain. Mind you, the bus dropped me off at the venue 4pm the day before and I didn’t pack nearly enough food. I was tired, soaked, and hungry by 2am. I also saw people pee on porch stoops for the first time #memories.
I was more responsible the 2nd time in Logroño and slept. However, it should be noted that each country experience is different. Thus, I’ve put together a list of what you should know, pack, and do during Carnaval in Spain.