Descent of the Bullent river in Pego to start the 2018 Ca...
Descent of the Bullent river in Pego to start the 2018 Carnival
These days, Pego is a hive of activity as the town prepares to welcome Carnival. The fun begins with the adventure of descending the Bullent river and continues a few days later with one of the most popular Carnival festivals in the Community of Valencia.
The first event to kick off Carnival celebrations is the Bullent River Descent (known locally as the "Baixada al riu Bullent"), which involves wearing fancy dress and taking your own home-made boat. This year’s descent is due to be held on 3 February. In its early days, the "Baixada" was held to clean up the Bullent riverbed and show off the Pego-Oliva Wetlands to everyone visiting the area. It goes without saying that the event has a party atmosphere that shouldn't be ignored, but you also need to bear in mind that the main idea is look after and preserve the natural environment of the wetlands. When you finish, take your boat away with you and leave everything as clean as possible.
As you know, February is synonymous with Carnival, so make a note of the information we give you below. The Pego Carnival is one of the most famous in the Community of Valencia and none of the visitors it welcomes every year goes away disappointed.
In 1981-1982, a cultural organisation in Pego, the "Ateneo Libertario", ran a workshop on making cardboard masks for Carnival, commemorating the event that used to be held in the town before the Spanish Civil War. The masks toured the whole town, going into bars and the local disco, and nobody ever thought that this was the beginning of what would eventually become Pego's most popular festival.
What can we expect? On the morning of Saturday 10 February, all the town's children will be going to Pla de la Font in fancy dress to celebrate Carnival with music and games. Plus, of course, there’ll be partying and dancing in fancy dress across the town, ending with a macro mobile disco from 11pm onwards in Plaza Antic Regne de València.
The streets of Pego are alive with history, its gastronomy is exceptional, the Castle of Ambra is one of its outstanding attractions and an archaeological walking trail through the valley will round off your visit.