Since I am studying in Alicante, you must hear about the amazing party held every year. Traditionally a pagan celebration, Catholics transformed it into their own holiday. The one in Alicante marks the week before the beginning of Lent. Practically just one last chance to be bad before you’re supposed to be good. What better way than to dress up like someone else and drink all weekend?
This “festival” lasts an entire week with different events. The main day is Saturday because it’s the day when people dress up and main street in the city turns into a discoteca. My friends and I started the night the perfect way. We went to the store and bought materials to make dinner at one of my friend’s house. She lives more centrally so it’s perfect. After gorging ourselves on baked penne with cheese and spinach salad, we got ready for the night’s activities. Not quite sure where to go, we ending up following other people, everyone curiously holding liters of soda and bags filled with bottles…
At the end of the yellow brick road, we came upon a part of the city completely different than what it normally looks like. Packs of people dressed up as everything imaginable: bullfighters, fairies, Bob Marley’s, zombies- it was crazy. I myself was dressed up as Minnie Mouse. What I thought was original, turns out eighty other girls had the same idea. We stayed by the pier for a while until we ran into a few of our other friends.
After a while of hanging out, we all made our way to the concerts. One end of the street had a live band. We were successful like always as sticking out as “those Americans” since we probably sang the loudest when they played a block of Micheal Jackson followed by Bon Jovi. After they were done playing, we went up the street were the DJ was playing. This had more of the club music we’re used to. Despite the cold, everyone had so much fun!