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Gran Canaria gears up for Las Palmas Carnival

Residents and visitors alike on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria are getting ready for the annual Las Palmas Carnival.

This event, which runs from February 3rd to 28th, is free to attend and celebrates the build-up to Lent.

Fancy dress is the order of the day across the whole timeframe of the carnival, with a number of beauty pageants taking place and the odd drag queen in attendance.

The Las Palmas Carnival is also a great opportunity to sample some of the differences between the islands and mainland Spain.

Running their pre-Lent celebrations just a little longer than their neighbours, the Canary Islanders eventually end with a day of mourning for the sardine on February 28th.

The sardine is symbolic of the carnival – hence the mourning when the party is over – and to mark this event, a giant sardine is taken through the street in funeral fashion before being buried on the beach.

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