On Friday, the traditional children’s parade of the Moreno Espinosa Public School, EIM El Mancho and IES Hermenegildo Martín Borro takes place. It puts the first colour notes before the coming days. Each year, teachers choose a theme and the students, with the help of teachers and family, make their own costumes. Also on Friday, the Wine and Traditional Buns Contest is celebrated, which is held in El Cabildo and where the contestants show their mastery both in the production of sweet wine and traditional buns: “rosquillas”, “retorcidos” y “huesillos”.
On Saturday evening, the first traditional parade takes place with people in disguise and the Local Music Band playing funny and lively songs. Then, the opening speech of the Carnival is read. Cebreros has had the honour of having illustrious heralds such as the astronaut and Minister of Science Pedro Duque or the rally driver Carlos Sainz. Following the opening speech, the traditional “traca” takes place, a series of firecrackers, which represents the beginning of the Carnival. Later, there is a party in El Cabildo for the entertaining of people.
On Sunday morning, at 12 o’clock, it begins the most expected event, the Carrozas and Comparsas Local Parade, in which the different groups show the work of many months. This parade is opened by the Local Music Band followed by the Housewives Association wearing the regional costume. Next, the children troupes followed by the adults troupes, dressed with colourful and original costumes. Finally, the children and adult floats, amazing and big creations that surprise not only local people, but visitors. In the evening, El Rondón Traditional Dance takes place in Plaza de España.
Monday and Tuesday
These days are especially dedicated to local people and children with very funny parades in which people wear costumes; sometimes, they are dressed with the craziest things. The Local Music Band is in charge of leading the event from Plaza de España on a route that runs through different streets of the village. People dance and some stops are made because local residents offer typical buns and wine to the musicians. It is usual on these days to see people wearing what we call “visaje”, which is an outfit that mixes clothes of different style, the less combined the better. These clothes are usually stored in trunks and it is one of the distinguish marks of the Cebreros Carnival. It is also typical on these days to hear the traditional songs or “coplas” in streets and bars. From a few years to now, on Monday there are inflatable castles for children in Plaza de España and at night, there is a running of false bulls, with small carts, in Avenida de la Constitución, by simulating a real one in which people wear costumes and run to escape the bulls (carts). People of all ages participate at this hilarious activity.
On Wednesday, the traditional Burial of the Sardine is celebrated. It begins in the Old Church Park with a procession composed by the Local Music Band, the bishop, the coffin with the sardine, the mourners and all those people who want to join it; they usually dressed in black. A tour throughout different street is made to finish in Plaza de España. There, later, it takes place a kind of barbecue where the sardines are grilled. There are free sardines and lemonade for attendees.
The party continues the following weekend, popularly known as Piñata. On Saturday evening, a parade takes place with music and at night there is a party in El Cabildo Cultural Hall. From some years to now, a Drag Queen Show takes place, whose participants are local people who prepare original costumes and choreographies for the show.
Piñata Sunday is considered the most important day of the Carnival. At 12pm, the most expected show takes place: the Carrozas and Comparsas Provincial Parade. The local groups that have paraded the previous Saturday, as well as the groups that come from all over the Province, participate in this spectacular parade. It is a parade with a very high participation and a great level, since the groups that compete for the prizes are the winners of each of the cities of the Province. Once the parade is over, the awards ceremony is celebrated. In the evening, to finish the Carnival, El Rondón or “Corro” Traditional Dance takes place one last time.