King Juan Carlos Spotted at Carnaval, Los Boliches

Fuengirola has never been known for its Carnaval celebrations. That’s not really a problem given that San Geraldo and I have never been known for searching out those kinds of revels. (Although I am just lately back in touch with an exceptionally dear old friend from San Diego who once — that I know of — flashed her [substantial] breasts during Mardi Gras in New Orleans just to get me a couple of ropes of purple and green bead necklaces that I guess I must have needed.)

THE KING OF SPAIN…

Since arriving in Spain, I’ve been interested in experiencing, at least once, a traditional Carnaval. The city of Cádiz is famous for its celebrations — parades, costumes, music. But the crowds and noise may be more than San Geraldo can handle. This weekend has been the predominant Carnaval weekend (Torremolinos, just 20 minutes away, celebrates next weekend) and we figured we would just let it slip by. So, it was a really nice surprise to arrive at Meson Salvador for dinner last night to find the restaurant filled with people enjoying the music of a “chirigota,” which means a joke or something characterized by good humor, and is a group of Carnaval folk-singers who wear costumes and perform satirical songs.

The Chirigota at Meson Salvador in Los Boliches…

We got there just in time to see the chirigota perform one final song (above); and for us to grab the one remaining table inside. This year, the group decided to lampoon the King of Spain (which included gold animal heads on the fronts of their hats — a slam at the King’s unfortunate Botswana safari). Next year, I’ll be sure to be at Meson Salvador for the entire performance.

THE KING OF SPAIN (AND A SINGER IN THE BAND).
THE KING OF SPAIN.
THE KING OF SPAIN.
THE KING(S) OF SPAIN..
I WONDER WHO MY FRIEND HAS TO FLASH TO GET ME ONE OF THOSE TAMBOURINE HATS.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

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