Guadalajara kicks off its Carnaval 2024 festivities

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Up to 36 locations of botargas, vaquillones, devils, mascaritas, mojigangas, chocolateros, dancers and have participated this year in this inaugural parade

Last Saturday, February 3, Guadalajara was filled with color and fun again with the celebration of Caranaval 2024, a year that comes loaded with novelties and that will reach all the neighborhoods of the city.

Up to 36 locations of botargas, vaquillones, devils, mascaritas, mojigangas, chocolateros, dancers and have participated this year in this inaugural parade, with the botarga and the group of mascarones as hosts and with the Hamarrachos de Navalacruz, from Ávila as guest botarga.

The botargas of Alarilla, Aleas, Almiruete, Cabanillas del Campo, Cogolludo, Fuencemillán, Gajanejos, Hita, Humanes, Luzaga, Luzón, Majaelrayo, Málaga del Fresno, Mazuecos, Membrillera, Mohernando, Montarrón, Muduex (recovered last year), Peñalver, Razbona, Riba de Saelices, Ribaredonda, Robledillo de Mohernando (Casados), Robledillo de Mohernando (infantil), Romanones, Salmerón, Taracena, Tórtola de Henares, Valdenuño Fernández, Valdesaz, Villares de Jadraque, Villaseca de Uceda and Yélamos are the ones that have accompanied this colorful premiere of the Carnaval in Guadalajara, with all the streets and the main square crowded with people.

The mayor of Guadalajara, Ana Guarinos, accompanied by a large representation of the corporation, welcomed this wide participation of botargas “that are intangible Cultural heritage, because beyond these colorful costumes and cowbells, there is a long oral tradition, preserved from generation to generation, that gives value to each symbol that you carry and links it to our land and to those from whom we have inherited our customs, of which we are proud, and also the party”.

Before giving way to the announcer, Guarinos invited all the neighbors to participate in all the activities prepared for the Carnaval and in the costume contests that will be held next weekend “with a hundred percent of fun, but with responsibility”.

Pepe Sanz, the announcer also invited us to “celebrate life with the Carnaval”, before taking off his mask and discovering his identity, although a score of vespas at the foot of the stage, already gave the clue.

“The Carnaval presents itself as the perfect scenario to take a break from the routine, to immerse ourselves in the fun and the colorful and to make camaraderie and joy flourish”, insisted the announcer, who closed his speech with cheers to Guadalajara and the Virgin of the Antigua and the Carnaval.

With the song of the Aliguí, and the botargas of Guadalajara, etando the authorities to fish on the fly, “with the hand not with the mouth yes”, the fig of the Manda, the announcement of the Carnaval was put to an end, which had delivery of recognitions for the new botargas, for the guest botarga and also for the Group of Mascarones that has been promoting the Carnaval in Guadajara since 1986, recognition that Carmen Dorado collected, as one of the founding partners.

Source: El Decano de Guadalajara