Colourful carnival celebrations reach their climax

Hundreds come to witness the street parades.
Hundreds come to witness the street parades. / Eduardo Nieto
  • Drag queen galas, ostentatious parades and the burning of the sardine are among the final attractions of the carnival celebrations

The annual carnival celebrations are coming to a climax in Andalucía, but there is still chance to catch a few of the remaining colourful galas and parades. This weekend, Malaga will host the annual Drag Queen Gala, a flamboyant and extremely visual competition where dozens of outrageously-attired drag queens compete for the title of Carnival Drag Queen 2019. The event takes place in the Plaza de la Constitución at 9pm on Friday (today).

The fun continues on Saturday, one of the busiest days of the Malaga carnival celebrations. The Parade of the Gods will set off from the Plaza de la Constitución at 6pm, while the Battle of the Flowers, a brightly-coloured procession with confetti, streamers and hundreds of thousands of flower petals, sets off from Calle Larios at 7.30 pm.

The Malaga carnival will come to a tragic end on Sunday 3 March, with the Gran Boqueroná. Visitors will enjoy fried anchovies in the Plaza de la Constitución at 1pm, before the burning of the huge anchovy on La Malagueta beach at around 8pm.

The carnival fun will continue in Benalmádena on Friday 8 March, with the Drag Queen Gala, which is held in the Plaza Mezquita from 9.30pm. This colourful event will be judged by the current Mr and Miss Spain.

Celebrations in Torremolinos will finish on Saturday 9 March, with the Gran Gala, held in the Príncipe de Asturias auditorium.

Marbella will enjoy the Parade of Humour at midday on Sunday 3 March, followed by the Gran Gala in the Palacio de Congresos at 9pm on Saturday 9 March.

The carnival in Estepona is held in the Parque El Calvario on Saturday 2 March. Events include a children's party, live shows and the burning of the sardine, which takes place on La Rada Beach at 5.30pm.