The Carnival of Miguelturra declared a National Tourist Interest Festival

On March 1, 1983 was declared of Regional Tourist Interest, as of February 20, 2018 it will be of National Tourist Interest

The long-awaited announcement, has taken place around 20:00 h. in the Plenary Hall of the Town Hall of Miguelturra, which was attended by the Mayor, Victoria Sobrino, Minister of Economy, Business and Employment, Patricia Franco, President of the Provincial Council, José Manuel Caballero, delegate of the Board in Ciudad Real, Carmen Teresa Olmedo, Provincial Director of Economy, Business and Employment, Agustín Espinosa, Provincial Director of Education, Francisco Navarro, Vice President of the Provincial Council, David Triguero, Councilman of Celebrations, Diego Rodríguez, Councilor for Culture, Fátima Mondéjar, Councilors of the City Council of Miguelturra, Aurora López and Miguel Angel García, King of Carnival, Serafín Delgado, President of the Carnival Association of Miguelturra, Raúl Domínguez, Masks of 2017, José Cañizares and Antonia Nieto, Masks of 2018, Orestes Corral and Mª del Carmen León.

Both Victoria Sobrino, Patricia Franco and José Manuel Caballero, have shown their great satisfaction at the time of making the announcement, the work of several years both from the City Council itself, as the Provincial Council and the Board of Communities of Castilla-La Mancha, has paid off with the long-awaited declaration of the Carnival of Miguelturra as a Festival of Regional Tourist Interest.

The Carnival of Miguelturra, is a different carnival, it is a popular and traditional carnival, that not even the prohibitions have prevented its celebration, a carnival whose main protagonist is the Street Mask and above all, a carnival whose history is lost in time, transmitted verbally from generation to generation.

The first documents that make reference to the Carnival of Miguelturra, they date from February 19 and 26 of 1898 and to which we have been able to have access thanks to the Center of Studies of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), these documents can be consulted from this web in the page dedicated to the History of the Carnival of Miguelturra.

From the City Council, Sobrino has indicated, will work on the adaptation, management and exploitation of the CERE and the Carnival Museum, a unique museum in Spain, making it a tourist attraction for the city and within the strategic plan of tourism of Campo de Calatrava. He also indicated that work will be done on the creation of an international association of carnival cities, whose charter will have Miguelturra as the founding place and the creation of the open shopping center of Miguelturra, as a link between the capital and the Campo de Calatrava.

José Manuel Caballero, also wanted to highlight the support for the party by the Provincial Council of Ciudad Real, with publicity campaigns at the national level, as has been done with other festivals of towns in the province also declared of national tourist interest and promote visits to the Carnival Museum from collectives and schools in the province.

To end the turn of interventions, Patricia Franco, has indicated that from the regional government Miguelturra Carnival will also have an ally for the promotion and expansion of the festival, thanking the Ministry of Tourism for the recognition of the Carnival of Miguelturra as a tourist interest national and encouraging everyone to work 365 days a year for the Carnival.

“IMPERIVM” of Burleta Special Prize

The Burleta from Campo de Criptana with his fantasy “IMPERIVM”, special prize of the XXXIX regional competition of Murgas, Comparsas and Carrozas

A splendid evening with the participation of 34 groups of clubs and comparsas from different points of Castilla-La Mancha, mainly from the province of Ciudad Real.

The first prize of floats went to the Axonsou Cultural Heritage Association and its fantasy “The Last Kingdom of Zhongquo”, while the second prize went to Haruspices de Tomelloso with his circus fantasy “May the magic continue”.

The Peña Kapikua of Miguelturra won the first prize of comparsas with the theme “The Chronicles of Narnia”, in the category of murgas the first prize went to the Peña El Cencerro de Daimiel and his fantasy “Spring”.

XXXIX Awards regional contest of Murgas, Comparsas and Carrozas

Float Category:

Special Prize 2.000 euros sponsored by the City Council of Miguelturra, “El Burleta” from Campo de Criptana, theme “Imperivm”

1º Prize 1.300 euros sponsored by the City Council of Miguelturra, “Axonsou” from Herencia, theme “The Last Kingdom of Zhongguo”

2º Prize 1.000 euros sponsored by the City Council of Miguelturra, “Harúspices” from Tomelloso, theme “May the magic continue”

3º Prize 800 euros sponsored by the City Council of Miguelturra, “Housewives Associaton” from Pozuelo de Calatrava, theme “One night at the Opera”

4º Prize 500 euros sponsored by Calatrava Beers,  “La Escacharrá” from Almagro, theme “Go to India”

Comparsas Category:

1º Prize 400 euros  sponsored by Sacra Distribution, Peña “Kapikua” from Miguelturra, theme “The chronicles of Narnia”

2º Prize 375 euros sponsored by Pepe House Restaurant, Peña “Los Rocheros” from Miguelturra, theme “Quijota”

3º Prize 350 euros sponsored by ITV Miguelturra, “Los Remaches” from Moral de Calatrava, theme “Thriller”

4º Prize 300 euros sponsored by the City Council of Miguelturra, Peña “La Garrota” from Daimiel, theme “Vikings”

4º Prize 300 euros sponsored by Fernández Mohino Brothers, CB and the City Council of Miguelturra, Peña “El Bufón” from Miguelturra, theme “Musketeers”

Murgas Category:

1º Prize 275 euros sponsored by Globalcaja, “El Cencerro” from Daimiel, theme “Spring”

2º Prize 250 euros sponsored by CEPSA-Carrefur “The Star”, Peña “Rainbow” from Fuente el Fresno, theme “Master Music”

3º Prize 200 euros sponsored by the City Council of Miguelturra, School “Virgen del Socorro” from Argamasilla de Calatrava, theme “Tropical Birds”

3º Prize 200 euros sponsored by Julian Tissues, Peña “El Puntillo” from Miguelturra, theme “The Infinity Archers”

3º Prize 200 euros sponsored by Aquilice and Mucho Más, Union Cultural Association from Porzuna, theme “Magic of the Amazon”

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Ready, Set, Go!! The Street Mask to the Race

VII Mask Race. “The Churriega”

The Street Mask takes the streets of Miguelturra on the second Saturday of Carnival. More than 400 participants in the mask race organized by the Association Runners from Miguelturra.

From 5:00 p.m. concentrated in the Plaza de la Constitución a large group of street masks, Major Masks of 2018 and other years, Peñas and different groups of costumes, to take the exit on a circuit of 2200 meters, whose end was in the vicinity of CERE, the most important part of this non-competitive race is having fun and being disguised. This race brings back old memories of those years in which the carnival was prohibited and where the races were not for fun, but to avoid arrest by the police and the civil guard, in addition to the corresponding fine. 

Once the race was over, the Palace of Carnival served as a stage for the Association of Widows of Our Lady of the Star, to distribute among the participants a delicious chocolate and some delicious pastries, recovering strength to participate in the Zumba Fitness Workshop taught by “Areté Fitness de Miguelturra” and in the Master Class of Twerking “Gerardo Just”, also raffled among the participants of the race, 3 monthly payments at the Areté Fitness Sports Center of Miguelturra valued at 175 euros and 2 pairs of shoes sponsored by Twinner.

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“La Victoria” first prize in Murgas and Chirigotas for the second consecutive year

La comparsa “La Victoria” with the theme “The journey of my life” is won with the first prize of the XXXVIII Murgas and Chirigotas Contest

Once the Carnival Museum Costumes competition was over, the Competition of Murgas and Chirigotas of the Carnival of Miguelturra 2018 began in its thirty-eighth edition.

The Victory of Puertollano comparsa through “The journey of my life”, staged the difficult situations of the African emigrant in getting a better future, for its part the comparsa Los Cansaliebres of Miguelturra and its “Apaja … y Let’s go “, they gave a tour with much humor to the municipal news, Los Flamencos del Barranco of Torralba de Calatrava and its theme” Sintron … ni son “, put on the stage the difficulties of retirees and their new responsibilities, El culo de la Manola of Daimiel and “Like my ass, none”, with a very daimileño theme in its 25th Anniversary, Pa mear y no echar gota of Alcázar de San Juan and his “Caprices of the sea” came to the scene dressed as sailors, while Los Fusionaos of Alcázar de San Juan, brought us the revels of San Isidro and their peculiar bridesmaids.

The situation in Cataluña was the theme with more allusion in the stanzas of the participating comparsas.

The jury composed by José Vicente Romero, composer and music teacher, Javier Vallejo, master in interpretation of bassoon, Rosa María Vallejo, senior professor of singing and Víctor López, senior guitar teacher, awarded the following prizes:

1st Prize 600 euros, La Victoria of Puertollano, theme “The journey of my life”

2nd prize 500 euros, Los Flamencos del Barranco of Torralba de Calatrava, theme “Sintron … ni son”

3rd Prize 400 euros, Pa mear y no echar gota of Alcázar de San Juan, theme “Caprices of the sea”

4th Prize 250 euros, Los Fusionaos of Alcázar de San Juan, theme “The Pillars of the Earth”

5th Prize 150 euros, El Culo de la Manola of Daimiel, theme “Like my ass, none”

The award ceremony was in charge of the Councilman of Celebrations, Diego Rodriguez, King of Carnival, Serafin Delgado, Raul Dominguez, President of the Carnival Association of Miguelturra, Orestes Corral and Mª del Carmen León, Major Masks 2018, José Cañizares and Antonia Nieto, Major Masks 2017. All the prizes have been sponsored by the City Council of Miguelturra.

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Kapikua triumphs in the Carnaval Museum Costumes Contest

Kapikua first prize in the man and woman costume, David Méndez first individual prize

The Palace of the Carnival is refilled to witness the XXXIII Contest Costumes Museum of Carnival. At 21:30 h., The local Peñas presented their costumes with which they will participate in the Piñata Sunday Parade. The winning costumes in the modality of men and women, will remain during the next five years in the Museum of Carnival ‘MOMO’, the winning costume in the individual modality, will do so for a year.

The prizes were the following:

Individual Costume

Prize 200 euros sponsored by Certrade Azulejos y Pavimentos, David Méndez Mendoza, theme “From Geisha to Warrior of the Zodiac”

Women’s Costume

Prize 400 euros sponsored by the City Council of Miguelturra, Peña Kapikua, theme “The Chronicles of Narnia” 

Men’s Costume

Prize 350 euros sponsored by the City Council of Miguelturra, Peña Kapikua, theme “The Chronicles of Narnia”

Once this contest was over and while the jury was deliberating, the prizes of the II Showcase Contest of the Carnival were given, this event has caused the local shops to show the festive and carnival atmosphere that Miguelturra breathes in these dates.

The event has been organized by the Small Commerce Association and the City Council of Miguelturra. The jury composed by Diego Rodríguez, Councilman of Celebrations of the City council of Miguelturra, Julián Arévalo and Raúl Domínguez, president of the Carnival Association of Miguelturra, granted the following prizes:

Best Composition and Design Award, gift voucher sponsored by Viajes Rodrigo and Rodrigo’s Inmobiliaria, for Óptica Lara.

Originality and Innovation Award,  gift voucher sponsored by Distribuciones Sacra, for Electrodomésticos Tere.

Special Audience Award, bgift voucher for a trip sponsored by the City Council of Miguelturra, for Mercería Blanco y Rosa.

All the winners received the corresponding diploma, mask of the carnival, 30 spots of publicity in Radio Miguelturra and an announcement of 8 by 11 in the BIM of the month of April.

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Memories and a lot of feeling in Your Masks Sounds Familiar

Emotive VI Edition of the contest Your Masks Sounds Familiar

Once again the Palace of Carnival is filled to witness a new Miguelturra Carnival event. At 7:30 p.m. the event organized by Peña el Puntillo began, but before the first performance began, Peña el Puntillo gave an emotional tribute to one of its members, dedicating the following words to him:

“Good afternoon everyone, before starting the contest we want to dedicate a few words to a member of the Peña el Puntillo, who is no longer with us. Because we did not have the opportunity to say goodbye to him, today, we want to take advantage of his people, family and friends to remember him as he deserves. Iván, it’s almost a year ago that you left us, and for us it seems like yesterday when we were walking down Carnival Street with the leg of ham, or when you participated in this contest imitating Karmele Marchante and that was a tsunami of fun. It is difficult to forget a person like you, cheerful, generous, strong and friend of your friends and many other things. Thank you for all these years that you let us enjoy you and your person. You will always be among us with that joy that characterizes you. We will never forget you. And finally, we want to express our solidarity with the great loss of Juan Diego, better known as “Fity”, with family, friends and the Peña la Cabra. Thank you very much and we wish you to enjoy the contest”.

After these emotional words, the contest began with imitations of characters such as María Jiménez, Malú, Shakira and Nicky Jam, Xenotronic, Parcheesi, Los Morancos, Pink, Rozalén, Lina Morgan, Martirio, Pipi Calzaslargas and Mary Poppins. The jury did not want to be less and they did it of Lola Flores, Shakira and Cristina Aguilera. 

The contest is divided into three categories: Infant-Youth, Adult Individual and Adult Groups.

Out of competition, while the jury was deliberating, the president of the Carnival Association of Miguelturra, Raúl Domínguez, David Méndez and Julián Morgotón, delighted us with the imitations of Falete, Isabel Pantoja and Lola Flores respectively.

The prizes of the contest in each of the modalities were the following:


  • 1st Prize, Aitana and Vera Barahona García for their imitation of Nicky Jam and Shakira, theme “Faithful Dog”
  • 2nd Prize, Marina Jara García for her imitation of Malú, theme “Invisible”
  • 3rd Prize, Amaya Rivas Céspedes for her imitation of Xenotronic, theme “PumPup Phejam”

The winners in this category received each of them, 50 euros in school materials sponsored by My Paper and participation in a children’s art workshop valued at 50 euros sponsored by Catbox.


  • 1st Prize 100 euros, Miriam Fernández for her imitation of María Jiménez
  • 2nd Prize 50 euros, Sergio Ruano for his imitation of Pipi Calzaslargas


  • 1st Prize, 100 euros, Loli, Alvaro, Iván, Alicia, Adrian, Andrea, Paco, Estibaliz and Carlos, for their imitation of Mary Poppins, theme “Supercalifragilisticoespialidoso”
  • 2nd Prize, 50 euros, Raquel and Jesus for their imitation of Pink
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