Manolo and Mª Carmen proclaimed Major Masks 2020

New Major Masks for the Miguelturra Carnival and 50th Anniversary of the Peña The Ham

As of today, Manolo and Mª Carmen are also members of the Major Masks Peña, a great family of illustrious carnival men and women.

At 6:00 p.m., the concentration of the delegation began in the Spain Square, to accompany and tour the streets of the town with Mª Carmen and Manolo. A large group of street masks, members of the local Peñas, Antonio and Mª Paz, older masks from 2019 and other years, Serafín Delgado, King of the Carnival, Raúl Domínguez, President of the Miguelturra Carnival Association of Peñas, Diego Rodríguez, Councilor for Celebrations, members of the Municipal Corporation and the Mayor of Miguelturra, Laura Arriega, made up the delegation to accompany the new Major Masks of Carnival 2020.

The spontaneity that characterizes the Churriego carnival also had its place on this great day, an improvised monument to the street mask delighted the gathered crowd and served as a photocall to immortalize the event.

The delegation paraded towards the meeting point for Manolo and Mª Carmen, the Peña los Cansaliebres were in charge of the organization. Arriving at the meeting point,  family and friends accompanied Mª Carmen and Manolo, who  excitedly received the affection of the participants.

The next stopping point was the headquarters of the Peña los Cansaliebres, who prepared a great aperitif, which served as a snack for a long afternoon-night of emotions.

Around 9:00 p.m., the delegation arrived at the CERE and a packed Carnival Palace received Mª Carmen Céspedes Pastor and Manuel González Beldad, in their proclamation as Major Masks of the Miguelturra Carnival.

After the intervention of the mayor of the town, Laura Arriaga, the new older masks took the stage for the imposition of bands that accredit them as Miguelturra Carnival Masks and the corresponding diplomas, as well as the traditional bouquet of flowers, wine and the commemorative ceramic mask of Carnival. The new couple of older masks, very excited, thanked Eli and Manoli for the tremendous support they have had during these days and presented them with a nice souvenir. The Peña los Rocheros, a club to which Mª Carmen belongs, also presented a plaque commemorating the event to the new couple of older masks. Manolo and Mª Carmen’s family also went on stage at the Carnival Palace to present them with a detail of their first act as representatives of the Miguelturra Carnival, the club dinner held last Saturday.

This year our major masks from 1987 and 1989, Celedonio González and Teresa Díaz, Manuel Casas and Visitación Heredia, renewed their bands that credit them as Major Masks of the Miguelturra Carnival.

Antonio de Toro and Estrella Yébenes, major masks from 2003, were in charge of giving them the traditional hat and apron of the Major Masks Peña that they will use on Monday in the fruit in a frying pan contest.

A night of emotions that ended with the tribute to the Ham Peña for its 50th Anniversary, receiving the Alhiguí of Honor and accrediting diploma, and broadcasting a projection with photographs of the peña’s journey through the Miguelturra Carnival.

Manolo, Mª Carmen, congratulations, you are now Major Masks of the Miguelturra Carnival.