Benidorm’s Rincon de Loix Transforms into a Carnival: The 33rd Annual Fancy Dress Party

Benidorm’s Rincon de Loix Transforms into a Carnival: The 33rd Annual Fancy Dress Party

Benidorm’s Annual Fancy Dress Extravaganza: A Riotous Return to Form

In a vibrant spectacle, rowdy British revellers have once again graced Benidorm’s English-quarter for the city’s renowned annual Fancy Dress Party.

This lively event, situated in the neighbourhood of Rincon de Loix, is proudly hailed as Europe’s largest costume party, anticipating a turnout of up to 40,000 attendees—a number steadily recovering from pandemic-era lows.

A Longstanding Tradition: Benidorm’s 33rd Annual ‘Bad Taste’ Festival

Now in its 33rd year, the ‘bad taste’ festival has become a staple for British tourists, marking a colorful highlight in the city’s cultural calendar.

Since the explosion of package holidays in the 1960s, visitors have flocked to the Mediterranean city on Spain’s east coast to partake in this extravagant celebration.

Councilor’s Delight: Embracing the Growing Festival

Jesús Carrobles, Benidorm’s councilor for events and citizen security, expressed his enthusiasm for the festival, stating that it has “become a reference” and will “provide a great note of color in the city.” He emphasized Benidorm’s welcoming spirit, saying, “In Benidorm, we are delighted to welcome everyone who comes and participates in this festival, which grows every year.”

Diverse Costumes: A Snapshot of the Festivities

Attendees showcased an array of creative costumes, from Alan Garner of The Hangover with a baby doll strapped to his chest to iconic characters like Willy Wonka, Oompa Loompas, Spice Girls, and a Star Wars Stormtrooper in a bikini. The festivities featured Disney and Pixar characters, adding a touch of fantasy to the boozy celebrations.

Triumphant Return: Rebounding from Pandemic-Era Lows

The Fancy Dress Party’s triumphant return marked a significant rebound from pandemic-era lows, attracting a spirited crowd reminiscent of the 50,000 attendees it garnered before the onset of Covid, according to Actualitat Valenciana.

The streets of Rincon de Loix came alive with the joyous revelry of Brits, showcasing the resilience and festive spirit of this long-standing Benidorm tradition.

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