Maspalomas, Costa Canaria
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Every year, between late February and mid March, Maspalomas Costa Canaria dresses up with thousand colours to celebrate carnival. Over about one week, groups of serenaders, bands of singers and groups take part in the parade along the streets of the municipality and enjoy a general festive atmosphere. The streets get crowded of people and become full of colours and happiness, a sample of cordiality and tolerance.

Carnival was originally a pagan rith which became part of the catholic festivities to celebrate the end of exceses and to get ready for the fast during Lent. In many places, carnival is celebrated over three days. These are the three days before Ash Wednesday, the day when Lent starts in the Christian calendar.

Carnival was prohibited in the whole state over the 40's, during Franco's dictatorship, although these festivities were clandestinely celebrated in some parts in Spain. In the Canary Islands, carnival was called "Winter Fiestas" in order to conceal its celebration before the dictator's eyes.

Thousand of people get ready throughout the year with a unique purpose: fun. Therefore, its bands, groups and specialized sewing workshops have permanent offices where they make up and rehearse their performances over twelve months in advance. Visitors will enjoy the parades with floats, groups made up by people with masks or dancers dressed up with a same style, people dressed up to represent real or allegorical characters, as well as the traditional costume balls. Imagination has no limits in carnival, for any person or fact is valid as a pretext to develop a drag and change one's identity.

The carnival in Maspalomas has its own flavour and is very famous, since fun is assured throughout its carnival week. This is a carnival out in the streets, where thousand people dressed up at the same time with very different costumes and dancing latin sounds within an atmosphere where everybody involves in and has fun in the balls known as "mogollones".

This fiesta are inaugurated with the election of the Carnival Queen, a compulsory reference, and the election gala of the Great Miss and Children Queen. The costumes dressed are spectacular due to the originality, elegance and spontaneity of the candidates. However, the Drag Queen election is the gala with most expectancy. Drag queens entail the essence of carnival, that is, transgression. They are synonym of freedom and boundless imagination which makes them put on vertiginous heels and wild and psychedelic costumes. Its main purpose is to shock, challenge the public the make an spectacle of themselves. The origin of this gala held in Maspalomas was the election of "Miss Trevestikarnatival" in 1986, which made the capital develop this initiative in 1988 under the name "Drag Queen". From this year on, this gala became part of the schedule of almost all carnivals in the Canary Islands.

This performance is developed to put an end to the week of carnival festivity. It consists of a parody representing the passage of a sardine's funeral along the streets of the town.

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