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A riot of colour with the Ibiza Carnival 2019

Time to hit the streets, cheer on the floats and celebrate.

It's that time of year when Ibiza's Carnival parades hit all the main spots of the island promising a riot of colourful floats with a whole cast of characters from popular culture.

Look out for themes from film and stage like Toy Story, Star Wars and the Lion King. It makes for a great day out and you'll hardly believe it's not summer as all come out to play to see the amazing choreography and costumes on display.

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You'll be able to see some excellent dance routines from Ibiza's dance schools, many of which take part with great gusto. All can enter of course, it's not just budding artistes. Last year we saw floats as diverse as a celebration of the Dominican Republic to an hilarious one that reconstructed a rollercoaster.

Each year brings new surprises as everyone vies for the top prizes. This year, there are carnival parades (rúa de carnaval in Catalan) in Ibiza Town (the biggest), Santa Eulalia, San Antonio, San José, San Juan and on Formentera.

Carnival judges in each town will be looking for originality, top choreography and of course great costumes. See our round-up below to find one near you.

Ibiza carnival round-up

Sunday 3 March 2019

Ibiza Town - 11:30

Starts at 11:30 on Avenida Santa Eulalia next to the port and ending up in the main square, Vara de Rey. If feeling hungry later, go and get some of the super-sized paella for just €2 (follow the aroma to Reina Sofía park above Vara de Rey).

San Juan - 17:30

The carnival parade starts at San Juan's school at 17:30 followed by a prize ceremony. Before that, during the day, the regular craft market takes place from 10:00 - 16:00 with musical performances from midday.

Formentera - 12:00 midday

A fresh 12:00 midday start for the Formentera carnival, taking place in the streets of island capital San Francisco and ending in the main square followed by a live theatre performance at 14:00.

Tuesday 5 March 2019

Santa Eulalia - 17:00

Starting from 17:00, the parade will start on Avenida César Puget, ending just past the main square of Plaza España and culminating in a party to celebrate the day.

San Antonio - 17:30

Starting on Avenida Doctor Fleming, just up from the Egg Roundabout, the carnival starting at 17:30 then moves along the main palm-lined promenade, followed by a prize ceremony in the municipal marquee.

Saturday 9 March 2019

San José - 11:30

An 11:30 start for this carnival starting at Calle Cas Sac and ending in the main square of the town.

All you need do is rock up, wave, cheer madly and have a great time. Happy carnival!

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