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Ibiza Carnival in Pictures

Sunday's Carnival Parade through Ibiza Town was one of the biggest and most successful

Sunday's Carnival Parade through Ibiza Town was one of the biggest and most successful in its history. The sun shone on the thousands and thousands of spectators as around about 1600 colourfully dressed participants made their way slowly round the main streets of town.

Until a few years ago the parade took place on Saturday evening, but this was considered to be unfair to the thousands of kids in Ibiza who absolutely love carnival time but found it just too cold at night to enjoy it to the full.

Since its shift to the warmer mid-day slot the parade has grown and grown. Yesterday the procession set off on the dot of 11am and by the time the last float had passed the starting line almost an hour had elapsed.

The parade is formed by many different groups – neighbours' associations, the council, schools and colleges and the dance academies – all from Ibiza town and its surrounding areas.

Each has its own theme and dresses accordingly and in spectacular fashion. There are fun themes, political themes and social themes.

Yesterday we saw protests about financial corruption on the island, saving the environment – ironic that we throw about 50 tons of confetti all over the streets –

rock and roll, Bollywood, Mexico, Space (the final frontier, not the disco) and Gospel.

At the end of the parade there's the judging and prize-giving, paella for all and a live concert in the Vara de Rey. If this sounds good, we've got more to come tomorrow when many other places hold their carnival processions!

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