Tourist Interest
On the Way of St. James
Dates of celebration: 16/02 - 26/02


Parish: Cobres (Santo Adrán)

Vilaboa - Pontevedra

42º 19' 22.9" N - 8º 39' 20.9" W


The origins of the Carnival of this parish, which is located in the Vigo estuary, date back to the 18th century. Here, madamas and galáns (women and men dressed in white) and villagers represent different economic statuses and social roles, both through their clothing and the position they occupy in the parades, dances, and exhibitions. The madamas and galáns , very noticeable for their lavish hats and neat clothing, occupy the highest social status, while the villagers represent the bottom of the social pyramid and the majority group. Everyone, yes, everyone, goes to this Carnival with their faces uncovered.
throughout the day, from Saturday to Tuesday, the madamas and galáns tour different areas in the parishes, accompanied by a brass band, and entertain those present with their dances, which include the popular Danza de Cobres.
Tuesday is the most important day, when traditional popular games take place in the afternoon, such as the corrida do Gallo, with rituals loaded with symbolism, gallo en el río (rooster in the river) or gallo en la vara (the rooster on the stick), in which all the local youth participate.
The Corrida do galo and other popular games which take place on Shrove Tuesday.

The Ways of St. James

Portiguese Route
Portiguese Route by coast

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