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Take in the Barcelona Carnival this year

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Take in the Barcelona Carnival this year
Here's a great little event for all those travellers staying in hostels in Barcelona in February - it's the Barcelona Carnival and if you do take part in the festivities, you're guaranteed to head back home afterwards with a wealth of stories to relay to your friends and family.

It starts on February 11th so if you haven't organised your tickets and accommodation yet, now could be a good time to do so. According to airline booking website Just The Flight, the first day of the event is also known as Fat Thursday (or Jueves Lardero to all those who can speak a foreign language) and more than 1,500 people are predicted to be taking part in this year's show.

And you could be one of the 35,000 or so spectators that enjoy the goings-on, which are held to mark the last weekend before Lent begins. If you do decide to go, you'll be able to sample some of the local food that can be found on one of the many stalls set up in the city centre, as well as check out some of the events put on concurrently, such as a tortilla competition.

Make sure you're around on the last day of the fair in particular, as everything comes to a head with the Gran Rua de Carnaval, which is an elaborate parade involving carriages, floats and marching groups.

What's more, according to website Barcelona, the carnival culmination is also marked with the funeral of the sardine, where the King of Carnival is buried, alongside his widow and friends, with the colourful costumes of the event traditionally swapped for black attire.

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