72/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Penedes – Cava Berdie – Fetish
Whoopdeedoo…. in Sitges! Wonder where I’m going spend the coming weekend? Sitges and Carnival it is, drinking Fetish! This event is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime! Wonderful passion and vibrant energy coming out of my feet!
For over a century, Sitges has been celebrating nonstop — between the months of February and March, according to the liturgical calendar — Carnestoltes, or Carnival.
The festivities begin on Dijous Gras (in New Orleans they call it the Mardi Gras), or Fat Thursday, with the arribo, King Carnestoltes’ spectacular arrival. From the moment this character appears until the burial of the sardine — late afternoon on Ash Wednesday — you could well say that life in Sitges moves to a new beat.
Folk dances and xatonades (traditional local salad served with assorted omelets) are also characteristic carnival elements. The two most important moments are the Rua de la Disbauxa, or the Debauchery Parade, on Sunday night and the Rua de l’Extermini, or Extermination Parade, on Tuesday night. Some forty-odd floats with more than 2,000 participants fill Sitges.
The event is celebrated throughout Spain and indeed, the world. It marks the last chance to let your hair down and get up to mischief before the forty days of Lent begin.
Largely due to Sitges’ reputation as one of the gay capitals of Europe, the town takes pride in throwing one of the largest and most spectacular parties in Spain – one that lasts a whole week! Each year the dates vary, as the festivities must always begin on a Thursday.
309 to go!