Carnival Madrid. From 18th- February to 25th February
The week before Lent sees the Madrid version of the traditional Mardi Gras Carnival, featuring parades, extravagant costume parties and flamboyant masks.
The highlight is a curious tradition called 'The Burial of the Sardine', in which participants, dressed in black cloaks and hats, proceed through the streets with a coffin containing an effigy of a dead sardine.
Many bars line the route to the final destination – the 18th-century hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida.
Themes : Religion , History , Food & Drink , Spectacle , Culture , Entertainment
Hours : Events take place in the evening.
Cost : Most events are free.
Where : Various streets in central Madrid