Adra-cadabra: Record crowds enjoy Carnival

SHELL SHOCK: Ninja turtles were just some of the colourful characters on show. © Ayuntamiento de Adra

THE people of Adra enjoyed three full days of partying to celebrate the 2018 Carnival in style.

Crowds were predictably large as young and old, big and small took to the streets in an array of colourful and creative costumes.

The sixth children’s parade beat all participation records, and featured all the schools in the locality.


Anticipation was high for the main Carnival parade and it did not disappoint, featuring music, animation, floats, and hundreds of people dancing in costume.

It started at the Plaza de San Sebastian and went through Natalio Rivas and the Fisheries Interpretation Centre before ending back at the Cultural Centre.

There onlookers were treated to the vibrant performance of the Carnival group ‘Surcando Mares’ of the Mojonera. Francisco Montoya was the host and announcer of Carnival 2018, who encouraged everyone to enjoy the spirit of the festivities.

Indeed he received a plaque from the mayor of Adra, Manuel Cortes, in recognition of his contribution to the event. Prizes were then given out to the best of the parade costumes for individuals, couples, and groups.

The final day saw the end to the Carnival with the traditional Burial of the Sardine ceremony, and a giant sardine figurine was burned on the beach of San Nicolas.

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