The Canillo carnival takes place during the weekend and reaches its peak on Carnival Monday, which falls on February 24th in this year 2020.
In Canillo, the Harlequins are the stars of the carnival and of the parade that follows the hanging of King "Carnestoltes". These Harlequins are in charge of animating all the events organised as part of the carnival.
Originally, the clothes of the Harlequins of Canillo were made of old two-piece pyjamas, preferably in light colours, on which coloured yokes and flowers were sewn, as well as bells tied around the ankles.
The tradition has endured to this day and certain garments, which are passed down from generation to generation, are the pride of many families.
These figures inspired the couple of giants of the parish, two figures more than three meters high that were added to the festival in 2012.
The 2020 Program
Friday, February 21st
8.30 a.m. Pig killing with the Canillo Old People's Association in the Perecaus building.
11:00 a.m. Carnival parade of schools in Canillo.
Saturday, February 22nd
4 p.m. Hanging of His Majesty King Carnestoltes in Montaup Square, followed by the traditional parish harlequin parade.
10:30 p.m. Night ball and costume contest at the Mirador du Palau de Gel.
Sunday, February 23rd
5:00 pm Children's Festival with carnival animation and costume parade, coca (local brioche) and hot chocolate for everyone. In the Perecaus building.
Monday, February 24th
5 p.m. Popular botifarrada (large sausage barbecue) in the gondola square.
Followed by the trial, firing and burial of His Majesty King Carnestoltes.
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