I am just recovering from Carnaval, if it had lasted another day, think it would have finished me off. I would just like to say that despite cost cutting and the lack of activity/advertising before, it was a very good Carnaval and at the end of the day, its what you make of it.
Many ex-pats held their own parties and put a lot of effort into 'bringing' the Carnaval to many who perhaps because they live in Arena or further afield might not ordinarily make the effort to come down to the Square. There were 'organised' groups of people eating together in the Asturias on the Thursday night for the election of our Carnaval Queen (congratulations to Bonnie), there were at least two disco parties on Saturday night and on the Sunday and Monday, many people opened up their homes along the route of the parade and sardine so others could enjoy the view/festivities from their terraces. That's what it is all about, bit of community spirit, putting on a costume if you so desire and letting down your hair (few drinks too).
Thank you to all those people who made that effort, long may it continue.