This year I finally donned a costume for Carnaval – I went to the presentation of the Chirigotas – and I even saw the Onion burn!
So lets start at the Chirigotas – These are traditional farcical presentations that apparently take pot shots at local figures, politicians and local custom and traditions. They were held last weekend in the Theatre . . . and I can say I was impressed. To be fair, I only understood 15% (at a stretch) of what was being said/sung – however, you couldn’t be anything but impressed with the ammount of time and effort that had been invested in the costuming, the rehearsals, the make-up and the staging.
Two things were striking – the depth of really amazing voices and a predilection of the Spanish male to dress in drag!
That being said there were some real knock out performances – from the choir of elves that live in our fabulous Gruta de Las Maravillas, to a selection of lycra and feather boas that would put the cast of Priscilla to shame.
I am now looking forward to the next fabulous year where I am hoping to be able to understand just a little bit more of the songs!