This traditional festivity with masks and music is an occasion for spontaneous dance and the coming together of the community to celebrate significant events such as marriages, first communions, charity fairs and the patron saints’ days of the communities. It is an event which combines expressions of feeling through music and dance and the joy of carnival with personages such as Giant Woman, the Devil and various animals depicted in masks, all together in a festive atmosphere. The marching band is formed by a group of musicians who liven up the festivities with their playing. With their drum, trumpet, cymbals, accordions, trombones and tuba, they march along behind the masked procession through the streets of the neighbourhood or town.
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