Tuesday, 24 March 2009

ENG: Vidalot - Not in its Best Shape but Developing

Carnival Tuesday – Vidalot – used to be an evening when the most active carnival participants of Vilanova i la Geltrú walked through the town with feather dusters and carpet beaters in their hands so that they could beat everyone they met who did not wear a carnival costume. Nowadays, this tradition has died out so on the evening when Sitges celebrates its hugely popular Rua de l'Extermini, the streets here feel like almost any Tuesday of the year.

The local Federation of Carnival Associations (FAC – Federació d’Associacions pel Carnaval) is aware that this is a weak link of the celebration program and plans an overhaul for next year.

This year, the new Balaguer Cannon Parade was the most interesting event from a cultural point of view so, personally, I hope that it will be incorporated into the tradition. In the evening followed the carnival costume competition which I, in all honesty, decided to skip. However, judging from the crowd which later in the night followed two parading drum orchestras (xaranga) through la Geltrú, it must have been quite well visited. Probably it was the fact that a popular local band – Ragattuning – played the music during the Ball de Vidalot which attracted so many young people. Well, if that is all it takes, then it deserves to be repeated.

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CAT: Sí, ja ho se. Hauria estat més interessant si hagués publicat aquesta entrada (i les que seguiran) amb menys retard, però jo simplement no vaig tenir el temps. Ha coïncidit la mudança de la meva petita empresa cap a Vilanova amb un llarg viatge de treball que està fent la meva dona. (Quasi tres setmanes a l’India. Quina alegria. Per a ella.) Sort que el nou local els agrada als nostres petits i que tenen molta paciencia amb el seu pare.

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