Sunday, 20 January 2008

Vilanova and Sitges: Worlds Apart

Carnival is a big thing in Catalonia and two neighbour towns in the small comarca Garraf stand out for their strong local traditions. The most famous is the carnival of Sitges. Attracting affluent 'carnivalists' from Barcelona and gays form the whole world, it has come to mean business. No wonder that it is packaged and organised in such a professional way.

Let us be honest, the Carnaval de Vilanova i la Geltrú is number two. It was obvious already today, when the program was presented. We come out on top in the enthusiasm and whole-hearted participation of local people, but admittedly are far behind in style.

If you come to Barcelona as a tourist, follow our carnival through the media while you enjoy the wilder party in Sitges. But, at least, visit us on Sunday, February 3. Few things match the spirit of les comparses in our Guerra de Caramels.

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