A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Yunquera celebrates Carnaval

Every year, the last weekend in February is Carnaval. This is generally celebrated throughout Spain, and Yunquera joins in the celebrations in typical style.

It’s a strange festival, full of cross dressing, odd political statements and so on. There are conflicting stories about why it exists, but what is known that it was banned during Franco’s reign, so naturally it is now celebrated with great gusto!

We joined the fun! The typical fiesta band “Trio Yellow” was due to start at 10:30pm, with the costume procession and prizes following on at 11:30. Did it heck! We showed up about 11pm, and stood around for an hour waiting for the music to start. (Andalucians are not fond of prompt time-keeping!)

It was a nice evening, and we even had a chance to catch up with our good friend Manuel Lopez (also featured in the video, sans costume!).

The amount of work and detail that went into some of the costumes was incredible. Everyone loved to have their picture taken, and posed outrageously. I captured as many as I could in my video, so hopefully a few of them will enjoy seeing themselves pose!

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

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