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This is the third of my Spanish and English Parallel Texts with Spanish audio about Spanish city Cádiz.

In this episode we hear and read about one of the biggest and best known carnivals in the world: The Cádiz Carnival (“El Carnaval de Cádiz”). You will find below an mp3 to listen to along with two texts, one in Spanish and one in English. So far in this course of Spanish and English Parallel Texts looking at the major Spanish cities we have seen Barcelona, Madrid, Bilao, Sevilla, León, Oviedo, Zaragoza, Cáceres, Santiago de Compostella, Cuenca, Granada, Tarragona and Córdoba and all of the lessons are available completely FREE here on the website. Cádiz, like Sevilla, Granada and Córdoba, is located in the most southern Spanish province of Andalucía.

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Spanish and English Parallel Texts: Spanish city Cádiz (Part 3) Cádiz Carnival

Cádiz (Parte 3)

In Spanish:

El Carnaval de Cádiz es uno de los carnavales más grandes y mejor conocidos en el mundo. Su presencia se siente durante todo el año, con regulares ensayos relacionados con el carnaval, demostraciones y concursos. Es famoso por su humor y esto se encuentra perfectamente ilustrado por las Chirigotas, grupos locales que realizan cómicas y satíricas piezas musicales que son normalmente agudas críticas políticas. Por lo general, una Chirigota se compone de siete a doce artistas que cantan, actúan e improvisan con acompañamiento de guitarras, chiflatos, un bombo y otros maravillosos y a la vez extraños instrumentos.

Hay muchos otros tipos de artistas de alta calidad que actúan en el carnaval, además de las
Chirigotas, como las comparsas (grupos que cantan en perfecta armonía de forma parecida a los Mariachis de México), los Cuartetos (tres o cuatro artistas que alternan espectaculares parodias y canciones de humor) y los Romanceros (narradores de historias que recitan cuentos en verso). Estos espectáculos diversos convierten la ciudad en un colorido y popular teatro al aire libre durante dos largas semanas en febrero.

El gran acontecimiento culminante del carnaval de Cádiz es el Gran Teatro Falla, un concurso en el que todos los artistas compiten por los premios y, por supuesto, por la gloria local. Este concurso es patrocinado por la asociación oficial de los grupos de carnaval (Concurso Oficial de Agrupaciones carnavalescas) y es uno de los aspectos más destacados del calendario de Cádiz.

In English:

The Carnival of Cádiz (“El Carnaval de Cádiz”) is one of the biggest and best known carnivals in the world. Its presence is felt all year round, with regular carnival-related rehearsals, demonstrations and contests. It is famous for its humour and this is perfectly illustrated by the “Chirigotas”, local satirical groups who perform comical musical pieces that are usually sharp political criticisms. Typically, a “Chirigota” is composed of seven to twelve performers who sing, act and improvise accompanied by guitars, kazoos, a bass drum, and other weird and wonderful instruments.

There are many other types of high quality performers on show at the carnival in addition to the “Chirigotas”, such as “Comparsas” (groups who sing in close harmony similar to the “Mariachis” of Mexico), “Cuartetos” (three or four performers alternating dramatic parodies and humorous songs) and “Romanceros” (storytellers who recite tales in verse). These diverse spectacles turn the city into a colourful and popular open-air theatre for two long weeks in February.

The great climactic event of the Cádiz carnival is the “Gran Teatro Falla”, a contest in which all of the artists compete for prizes and, of course, local glory. This contest is sponsored by the official association of carnival groups (“Concurso Oficial de Agrupaciones Carnavalescas”) and is one of the highlights of the Cádiz calendar.

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