Carnival in Canillo


28 from February - 06 from March

The Carnival in Canillo takes place over the weekend coinciding with Shrove Monday, which this year falls on 4 March.

In Canillo, Carnival is synonymous with harlequins, the stars of the parade and is held after the hanging of the Carnival King. The harlequins are responsible for livening up all Carnival festivities with their presence.

Historically, they have also been the stars of this festival in Encamp and Escaldes-Engordany, although in that period it was basically the men who would dress up.

The Canillo harlequin costumes were originally made using old two-piece pyjama sets, preferably in bright colours, with colourful flowers and cuttings sewn on, and bells tied to the harlequins’ ankles. This tradition has survived to this day, and for many families the costumes passed down from generation to generation are a source of pride. The harlequins are also the inspiration for the parish’s pair of gegants, or giants, towering figures measuring over three metres tall that have been part of the celebrations since 2012.

2019 programme

Thursday, 28 February
11:00 a.m. Carnival parade of Canillo schools.

Friday, 1 March
8:30 a.m. The slaughter of the pig together with the Canillo Senior Citizens’ Association at the Perecaus building.

Saturday, 2 March
4:00 p.m. The hanging of His Majesty the Carnival King at Plaça Montaup, followed by the traditional harlequin parade through the parish.
10:30 p.m. Evening ball at the Mirador del Palau de Gel and costume competition.

Saturday, 3 March
5:00 p.m. Children’s party with a children’s costume parade, cake and hot chocolate for everyone. At the Perecaus building.

Monday, 4 March
5:00 p.m. Community botifarrada (traditional sausage barbecue) in Plaça del Telecabina. This will be followed by the trial, burning and burial of His Majesty the Carnival King.

Location and contact


(+376) 753 624

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