Carnival of Cádiz. 2014: 27th F EBRUARY – 9th MARCH. The Carnival of Cadiz is one of the best-known carnivals in Spain. The whole city participates in the carnival for more than two weeks each year, and the presence of this party is almost constant in the city. CHARACTERISTICS.
2014: 27th FEBRUARY – 9th MARCH.
The Carnival of Cadiz is one of the best-known carnivals in Spain. The whole city participates in the carnival for more than two weeks each year, and the presence of this party is almost constant in the city.
The main characteristics of the carnival in Cádiz are the acerbic criticisms, the droll plays on words, stinging sarcasm, and the irreverence of parody.
It is traditional to paint the face as a substitute for a mask. On Saturday, everyone wears a costume, which, many times, is related to the most polemical aspects of the news. However, the Carnival of Cádiz is most famous for the satirical groups of performers called chirigotas. Their music and their lyrics are in the center of the carnival.
The comparsas are well-known witty and satiric groups that train for the whole year to sing about politics, topics in the news, and everyday circumstances, while all of the members wear identical costumes. There is an official competition in TeatroFalla, where many of them compete for a group award.
The chirigotas are the groups of people (like the comparsas) that sharing a costume and singing together, performed a full repertoire of songs about current topics but with in a humoristic way, unlike the comparsas. The chirigotas´ tunes are happier as well as their lyrics even though they can address the same subjects as the comparsas. They also compete in the TeatroFalla for the awards.
-The choirs are larger groups that travel through the streets on open flat-bed carts or wagons, singing, with a small ensemble of guitars and lutes. They alternate between comical and serious repertory. The costumes are, by far, the most sophisticated and elaborate of all.
-The quartets can be composed of five, four, or three members. They do not bring a guitar. They use theater scenes improvisations, and music. They are purely comical.