¡Viva Carnaval!


So, there’s not too much I probably need to explain on this, my post about Carnival (or Carnaval, in Portuguese), but just in case you’re unfamiliar with the tradition…Carnival is a pre-Lenten fiesta celebrated world-over, (though curiously not in the U.S.). In Spain, or at least in my little corner of the country, it calls for a day off of school, kids dressing up in costume the day before classes let out and on the day of, big crazy parades and of course: more costumes.

It’s vale la pena (worth it, worth the trouble) to be in Spain, or for that matter, anywhere except the U.S. for Carnival. Yeah, I know Mardi Gras is cool, but another day in the year to dress up? I will take that over drunken, bead-throwing madness any day of the week. (Obviously there was still some drunkenness that occurred on the Saturday night of Carnival down in the bars area, but what do you expect?)

Anyway, let me simply continue minus words–it’s better that way anyway.

My darling 4 year olds mustached, goatee-ed, and eye-patched up for their year's theme--Pirates! Have hardly seen anything so cute in my whole life!

Ha! Some of my first graders getting a little restless....the last few hours of the day they did "Cuentas y Chocolate" which is "Stories and Hot Chocolate" and one parent was reading a particularly lengthy one....

One of the crazy groups filing through during the parade (which conveniently ran right in front of my apartment window).

The guys hanging out the window watching the parade....we actually had several people watching us instead of it (the parade), haha!

My peacock costume.... (in Spanish "pavo real" that's right, I'm a royal turkey).

Jake and Jason, aka “Thing 1 and Thing 2” of Dr. Seuss fame. Didn’t always get recognized, but guys this big in red jumpsuits and blue hair definitely will get a few laughs/stares.

The awesome signs advertising Carnaval in our town. And yes those are indeed wine corks with mustaches.


About briannehake

Language & culture assistant in Spain. Recent UNL Advertising & public relations grad. Thrilled about future possibilities. Addicted to traveling. Fascinated by CSR and sustainable development. Dreams someday of helping businesses and nonprofit organizations collaborate for better communities and a better world. And dancing. Lots of dancing.

3 responses »

  1. Your precious students invite hugging right through the picture ! That costume of yours is terrific and very flattering. Are there peacocks in Spain? I’m thinking that you probably rented the costume. Yet the “Things” would be a surprise if they were available in Spain ! Such fun !!!

    • They are so SO adorable, aren’t they? And as to the costume, I actually created it all from scratch (that is, shopping around at all the cheapo “bazaar” shops and getting the dress really on sale)…and yes, there are peacocks in Spain, though not very many! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the pics!

  2. So cute! Thanks for informing me about Carnival; I wondered what it was exactly 🙂 Loved the pictures of your kiddos & your fun costumes!

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