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Roaring carnival in Cadiz goes on until 1 March
February 23, 2009
The party is not just going on 'in the interests of international tourism'; the Andalusian tradition goes back to the sixteenth century when ships from all over the world - including from Venice - would dock at the southern Spanish port. Photos
Carnival was banned in Cadiz during General Franco's rule (1936-1975). It was replaced by the
fiestas típicas gaditanas ('typical Cadizan celebrations'), which took place every May until 1977, two years after the dictator's death.
Officially, carnival lasts for eleven days, but preparations and talk go on for at least a month
The parade on the first Saturday
Il carnevale è anche Cadice
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