Asides the onset of warm weather, significantly lighter evenings and the buds of spring beginning to emerge, the month of March means one thing on Lanzarote – the Lanzarote Carnival.
This exceptionally colourful and much-loved event takes place during the 40 days leading up to Lent. The carnival is celebrated in many of Lanzarote’s towns and villages but starts at the island’s capital of Arrecife.
This remarkable festival sees a vibrant mix of parades, parties, costumes, activities for children, food stalls, music, dancing, fireworks, and much, much more, line the streets of Lanzarote’s pulsating capital that really comes alive during its early spring carnival.
The principle attraction of this widely-anticipated carnival is the huge parade that slowly makes its ways through the streets of Arrecife. Children and adults don the most flamboyant of costumes, which to the delight of the crowd that line the roads, cheering on this colourful spectacle as it passes by.
Accompanying the extravagant parade are the sounds of salsa and bachata music, encouraging members of the parade and the hordes of onlookers to dance to joyful beats.
Numerous contests and competitions are held during the fiesta, such as an incredibly fun and memorable Drag Queen contest and a musical competition.
The Lanzarote Carnival is also well-known for the excellent safety and security measures that are put in place, designed to ensure everyone has as much fun as possible in a safe and secure environment.
If you’re determined to experience an authentic Spanish festival this year, a trip of the town of Arrecife to witness the incredible Lanzarote Carnival on March 4th, would fulfil and even exceed your expectations of what a traditional Spanish fiesta is all about.