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Zalduondo Carnival
15 to 25 February
Another fancy dress fiesta in Spain. In this one the local's dress as sheep, yes, sheep.

"the preacher" is paraded through this small Basque town in a carriage pulled by a donkey. Many of the people wearing sheep masks and costumes and ringing cow bells.
To the mix are added fat men dressed in sack cloth , 'Porreros'.
 
The 'Markitos', a large paper maché cartoon figure, is carried around as the centre piece of the procession at the top of a long pole. In the local folk lore the 'Markitos' is to blame for all ills and wrong doings, and is burnt at the end of the procession signalling the start of fireworks and general merriment.
The usual parades, floats, band's, children's activities, local food and drink and all that they come up with.
 

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