Carnaval de Verín (O Entroido) - Carnival of Verín (O Entroido)
The “fariñadas” (flour fights) and the masked figure of the “Cigarrón” are the most typical elements of the Verín Carnival (Ourense).
The festivities begin on the morning of what is known as “Corredoiro Sunday”, with the sound of fireworks, bands of street musicians and the first groups of cigarrones (masked men who run through the town encouraging people to join in the fun). That same day in the afternoon-evening, the first masked ball and the first “fariñada” or flour battle, is held in the Plaza Mayor square. However, the official start of the Carnival takes place on the “jueves de comadres” (women’s Thursday), when the women leave the men behind at home, put on their disguises and go out for dinner. When midnight comes, the crowd takes to the streets to receive the Carnival cortège and to hear the official proclamation which opens the general revelries. And throughout the days of the festivities there are flour fights, masked balls, processions of carnival groups and bands, competitions, the chance to sample typical local products, etc… The most intense day is on Sunday, as the great Parade of Floats, Bands, Masks and Cigarrones takes place at midday.
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