Carnival of Encamp 2017


25 from February - 01 from March

In Encamp, the carnival is one of the most festive times of the year. Satire and fun fill the streets for a fun-filled festival.

Carnival of encamp 2017

The Carnival of Encamp is organised by the local Festivals’ commission, and is the loudest in the Principality, with a satirical touch to boot. With satire about the latest events, often political in nature, from the get go, with the hanging of the Carnival King starting events. This sets the tone and theme for other performances that take place over the four days of revelry and fun in town.

Highlights of the unique Carnival of Encamp include the “Trial of the smugglers”, which has been put on since the 1950s, on Carnival Sunday. The traditional figure of the smuggler is present throughout the Pyrenees, and has led to a host of performances and activities.

The Ball de l’Ossa (Dance of the Bear) also takes place here, and has been declared part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Andorra. Though its origins are uncertain, it’s often traced to the Middle Ages, and has been celebrated at the Carnival of Encamp every year since the mid-20th century.

The operation on the Carnival King closes out festivities. This last act is where the Carnival medical team tries—unsuccessfully—to revive the Carnival King, exhausted after four days of partying, and he is burnt.

2017 Programme

Saturday, 25 February
11:59 a.m. Hanging of the Carnival Kingin Plaça del Consell.
12:57 p.m. Dance by the Sant Romà Troupe in Plaça del Consell.
2:57 p.m. Parade of floats through the main streets in town. Leaves from Prada de Moles.
5:28 p.m. Children’s show at the conference hall of the Sports and Cultural Centre (CES).
7:06 p.m. Afternoon ball at the party hall (CES).
10:27 p.m. Evening ball at the party hall (CES).
1:30 a.m. Tribute groups at the party hall (CES).
2:00 a.m. While the tribute groups perform at the party hall, a mobile disco is set up in the conference hall (CES). Two events at the same time! 

Sunday, 26 February
6:34 a.m. Town wake-up call.
8:16 a.m. Slaughter of the pig in Plaça dels Arínsols.
4:05 p.m. Trial of the smugglersand community botifarrada barbecue in Plaça dels Arínsols.
5:38 p.m. Children's show and costume contest at the conference hall (CES).
7:12 p.m. Afternoon ball at the party hall (CES).
10:30 p.m. Concert and costume contest (CES).

Monday, 27 February
4:03 p.m.Traditional “Dance of the Bear”(official festival of national interest) and aioli giveaway in the El Prat de l'Areny car park.
10:30 p.m. Evening ball at the party hall (CES).
1:42 a.m. Mobile disco at the party hall (CES).
3:12 a.m. Confitada at the party hall (CES). 

Tuesday, 28 February
7:11 p.m. Taking down of the Carnival King in Plaça del Consell.
10:36 p.m. Evening ball at the party hall (CES).
0:22 a.m. Operation on the Carnival King in the party hall (CES).
1:30 a.m. Mobile disco at the party hall (CES). 

Wednesday, 1 March
8:44 p.m. Community Sardine barbecue in Plaça dels Arínsols.
9:14 p.m. Reading of the Last Will and Testament of His Majesty the Carnival King in Plaça dels Arínsols.
10:30 p.m. Fire show and burning of the Carnival King in Plaça dels Arínsols.

NB: Times are indicative. 

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