If you read our last post on Carnaval in Spain, you probably want to know more about Carnaval in Barcelona. In this post, we’ll be talking about the activities that go on in Barcelona during the celebration.


Carnival begins on Fat Thursday in Barcelona (Dijous Gracias in Catalan). This is a day where people begin to feast on whatever their heart desires. Carnaval is all about overindulgence and people are allowed to eat whatever they want during this week. Barcelona markets celebrate Fat Thursday with many food eating competitions.

In fact, the market celebrations kick off with a famous omelette eating competition! In this competition, people must choose which vendor’s omelette is the tastiest. At the end of the competition, one lucky vendor gets a prize.

Omelettes aren’t the only thing being eaten on Fat Thursday. Throughout the city, you will find other food celebrations that supply chocolates and traditional Catalan sausages. Sardines are also huge during Carnaval here so you’ll definitely see some sardine tasting.


Each neighborhood in Barcelona organizes its own parade and festival. So, look for posters that talk about the different activities and events taking place in each neighborhood. These activities include costume competitions, food tasting competitions, and cooking competitions.


Carnaval isn’t just for the adults here! Kids are a big part of the Carnaval celebration in Barcelona. In schools, each class is given a costume theme for every day of the week. You will see children marching around neighborhoods with their classes, wearing handmade costumes all week long.

Carnival in Barcelona
Costume fun!

Carnival in Barcelona


This ritual marks the end of Carnaval in Barcelona. Apparently, sardines represent male genitals……I know, weird. During Lent, your’e suppose to refrain from sex and all things wild. This burial represents the suppression of sins that occurred during the celebration.

We hope that this post gave you a little insight on our Carnaval. If you do end up participating, tag us in some of your pictures on Instagram @barcelonaexplorers360!

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