Pagina Oficial del Carnaval de Cartagena.-

The Carnival Party is a part of the legacy that order cultures left to the western world. It possesses a similitude with other many public festivities in the region of Murcia , where popular customs and millenary traditions are interlaced in an unity.

As early as the 18 th and 19 th centuries these public festivities were celebrated with a great number of participants, who boasted of slyness and "bordería". From those public rejoicing we have the seed, witch has sprung up in a new Carnival, much more extensive and open to all segments o the population.

Old carnivals were, above all, a kind of songs called "mugas". These ones were slyly written turning everything upside down, and they were sung in streets and squares. There were fancy dresses as well: generally people used to disguise themselves as farmers or ad dominos, although it was not strange to see friar fancy dresses.

Another typical tradition were street stalls, in which people could buy fritters, streamers and confetti.

The missing person and the Official Chronicle of Cartagena, Isidoro Valverde Álvarez, reported that girls used to keep eggshells during the whole year in order to fill up them with confetti. Afterwards, they made use of them as ammunition for the carnival war.

The Carnival of Cartagena started in the candelaria's day with the "Tio del Bando". This one was a loud dressed man; he wore a white shirt, trousers and a black velvet waistcoat with silver buttons. Because the carnival implies exaggeration, the attire was completed with an alarm clock as a watch and a sheet as a handkerchief.

The town crier rode on a donkey and behind him, men and women disguised as farmers sold copies of the edition at the cost of 10 centimes coin, what was popularly known as "perra gorda". Everyday, the edition was proclaimed on balconies, streets, squeares and bars, from the second day of February up to the last Sunday (Piñata's Sunday).

Marriageable girls went to the dance and they received at the entrance a romantic card and a pencil. Young girls noted the names of men and turns of dancing in it.

We can not forget the non-celebration of the Carnival for years because of several reasons that we already know. So, Cartagena had a hushed up carnival for more than fifty years. Two decades ago, it reappeared as a phoenix bird, but with quills and spangles. .