Carnival in Encamp
CARNIVAL 2018 IN ENCAMP
10 February - 14 February
In Encamp, Carnival is one of the most important events of the whole year. For four days, humour and revelry are the focus of daily life in the parish.
Encamp’s Carnival celebrations, the most boisterous in Andorra, are organised by the local festival commission and based around a satirical view of current events. The traditional hanging of His Majesty the Carnival King sets the tone and theme for other performances that take place over the four days of revelry and fun in the town.
Highlights of these unique Carnival celebrations include the Trial of the Smugglers, which has been staged on Carnival Sunday since the 1950s. The traditional figure of the smuggler is found throughout the Pyrenees and has led to a variety of performances and activities.
The Ball de l’Ossa (The Dance of the Bear), declared part of Andorra’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, also has a special place in Encamp's Carnival celebrations. Although its origins are uncertain, it’s often traced back to the Middle Ages and has been celebrated since the mid-20th century.
The festivities conclude with a unique event, the operation on the Carnival King. During this final event in the celebration, the Carnival King cannot be revived, despite the efforts of the Carnival medical team,and according to decree, he is burnt.
Saturday, 10 February
12:00 p.m. Hanging of the Carnival King in Plaça del Consell.
1:00 p.m. Dance by the Sant Romà Troupe in Plaça del Consell
3:00 p.m. Parade of floats through the main streets in town accompanied by batucada. Departure from Prada de Moles
5:30 p.m. ‘Carnaval’ children’s show in the conference hall at the Sports and Cultural Centre (CES). Cake and chocolate for the kids
10:30 p.m. Night-time dance in the party hall (CES) with Swing Latino cover band
1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. DJ Monxo mobile disco in the party hall (CES)
Sunday, 11 February
6:00 a.m. Wake-up call through the streets of the town
9:00 a.m. Slaughter of the pig in front of the Plaça dels Arínsols
4:00 p.m. Trial of the Smugglers and community botifarrada (traditional sausage barbecue) in Plaça dels Arínsols
5:30 p.m. ‘Visca el Carnestoltes’ (Long live the Carnival King) children’s show and costume contest in the conference hall (CES). Cake and chocolate for the kids
7:00 p.m. Evening dance in the party hall (CES)
10:30 p.m. Night-time dance in the party hall (CES) with music by Version Imposible
00:30 a.m. Costume contest in the party hall (CES)
1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Mobile disco in the party hall (CES)
Monday, 12 February
4:00 p.m. Traditional ‘Dance of the Bear’ (official festival of national interest) and aïoli giveaway in the El Prat de l’Areny car park.
5:30 p.m. Children’s show by Explosive at the CES conference hall. Cake and chocolate for the kids
10:30 p.m. Night-time dance with Tremendos in the party hall (CES)
1:00 a.m. to 5.00 a.m. Mobile disco and confitada (traditional candied treats) featuring DJ Paco Pil, Ricardo F, Sisi and Monxo in the party hall (CES)
Tuesday, 13 February
7:00 p.m. Taking down of the Carnival King in Plaça del Consell
10:30 p.m. Night-time dance with In-versions in the party hall (CES)
12:30 a.m. Operation on the Carnival King in the party hall (CES)
1:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Mobile disco in the party hall (CES)
Wednesday, 14 February
9.00 p.m. Community sardine barbecue with entertainment by Sandydriverdixie in front of the Plaça dels Arínsols
10:00 p.m. Reading of the last will and testament and burning of His Majesty the Carnival King in Plaça dels Arínsols
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