Friday Foto

Friday Foto: Cigarrones: Carnival Crowd Control


Verín, 2012

One thing that endears me to Spain is the sheer amount of fiestas that take place in every town, at any time of year, celebrating anything from crabs to Christmas.

One peculiar tradition takes place in a small town in Galicia on the Sunday of entroido (carnaval). Cigarrones (pictured above) run around town encouraging denizens to join in the fun and smacking the naught with their sticks, making a lot of noise in the process. In addition to their animal masks, fancy jackets and white tasseled pants, they also wear belts made of bells.

Photo featured on Guía Repsol’s blog, ¡Mi pueblo es el mejor! [My town is the best!]

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