Celebrating Carnaval in Cadiz was an amazing experience. It is a beautiful city and I hope to return again soon. Carnaval can best be compared to a Spanish version of New Orlean's Mardi Gras with crazy costumes, parades, music and parties until dawn. We debated over our costume options and decided on some fun masks and gold fanny packs. I am always looking for an event where a fanny pack is socially acceptable because I think they are awesome... I'm all about the hands-free fun. And it's so much easier to dance when your purse isn't swinging around hitting everybody. (I lead a rough and serious life, I know.)
I highly highly highly recommend Carnaval in Spain. It lasts one week and signifies the "final chance to indulge" before the season of Lent. I think it really shows the spirit of Spanish people and how they love to celebrate life (aka fiestaaaa). Book all of your transportation and accomodations early because it is a really popular event and everything sells out quickly. Besos!