The "pantallas" are the stars of these Carnival festivities. These ancient figures move through town banging on two animal bladders, which have been dried and inflated like balloons, and laying down the law.
Xinzo de Limia has the longest Carnival celebration in all Spain. It begins and ends on a Sunday, running from Domingo Fareleiro (three Sundays before Carnival Sunday) to Domingo de Piñata, five weeks later. Although the town is thronged with people from all over Galicia on Domingo de Entroido (Carnival Sunday), the biggest day is a Tuesday, Martes de Entroido, when there is a parade made up of floats and groups of revelers, headed by a large contingent of "pantallas".
During this period, the town's squares, bars and other locales become a non-stop party, with young people everywhere, accompanied by the music of brass bands, street parties and enormous meals.
Parade of floats on Tuesday, Martes de Entroido.