The Carnaval fiesta concludes with the “burial of the sardine”, or entierro de la sardina, to lament the death of the fiesta. Some say the significance of the sardine is that it represents the return from the craziness of carnaval, back to everyday life. Some say the sardine represents the king of the carnaval, and is killed by those jealous of his power, Or, some say, it is the beginning of the austere food of Lent. Whatever, the meaning, it indicates that carnaval is officially over for another year.
The sardine is usually accompanied by ‘widows’ dressed in black and weeping. Oddly, they are supposed to represent the widows of the sardine! If you look more closely (?) you can see that many of the ‘widows’ are, in fact, guys dressed in drag!