Festivities begin on the evening of Thursday, 7th February with Comadres Thursday, the day chosen by comadres (womenfolk) to get together around a table for a good meal and celebrate the arrival of spring. The dishes served up during Carnival include: fried corn pancakes with spicy mincemeat, chorizo cooked in cider and crêpes, as well as other typical goodies from the Asturian cookbook. This festivity seems to have originated in Roman times and is also celebrated in other parts of Northern Spain like the Basque Country and Galicia.
This dinner marks the start of 5 days of festivities during which the streets of Gijón are filled with families and groups of friends enjoying the freedom offered by their carnival masks and the different activities that take place around the city. The main events of Antroxu take place on the promenade called Paseo de Begoña and in the Jovellanos Theatre, where you can enjoy the parades, costume contests for kids and adults and performances by street bands that carry out a tongue-in-cheek analysis of current topics.
The grand Carnival Parade through the streets of the city takes place on Monday afternoon, while festivities end on Tuesday, 12th with the so-called “Burial of the Sardine”. During this humorous ceremony, the “Sardine” is followed by a funeral procession through the city streets and the public attends the reading of its will, marking the end of Antroxu 2013.
Check out the detailed program of l’Antroxu 2013.