¡Carnaval en Avilés! A City of Foam

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Carnaval is a series of festivities that occurs just before Lent. In America, the most commonly known version of Carnaval would be Mardis Gras or Fat Tuesday. Carnaval is a pretty big deal throughout Spain, but some of the most unique celebrations take place in Avilés, a coastal city in Asturias.

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Every year, the streets of Avilés are covered in foam, as a tradition to celbrate Carnaval. This day was a bit rainy, but that didn’t stop people from having fun.

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These cannons were responsible for spraying foam onto people and into the streets.

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People young and old enjoyed frolicking in the foam. Many were completely drenched before too long.

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Mike and Shannon were among those who experienced the local custom of fighting with foam.

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Street performances, such as music by these drummers, contributed to the festive air of Carnaval.

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This year, the Stone Age was the theme for Carnaval in Avilés. This float, and several others, were inspired by the Flinstones.

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The Pterodactyl was one of the most impressive floats in the parade.

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This rock band was playing in a small plaza on a side street. The music was pretty good, but it didn’t draw as big a crowd as some of the larger stages.

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This band in the central plaza performed a series of cover songs, some in Spanish and others in English.

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All in all, everyone had a good time playing in the foam and dancing the night away.

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