The celebration of the carnival holds a long tradition, and results in a week of celebrations that attracts many visitors, cause of the richness and variety of its proposal. The arrival of the King Urco, with his pack of dogs, is one of the peculiarities of Pontevedra´s Carnival, which start on Friday before the start of Lent.
Parades and costume contests, the gastronomic specialties and pancakes contests, the mockery show or the “murgas” contest succeed each other until get to the real big day of the Carnival, Friday´s Carnival, when neighbours go out rigorously wearing mourning clothes to celebrate the funeral of the parrot Ravachol, forming a massive courtship which starts at the Verdura´s Square and ends at the Ferrería Square, after walking much of the old city.
The symbolic burning of the body of the parrot, at Ferrería Square, which appears annually dressed with a different current issue, and his funeral, including an obituary in which the main hot topics of the city are reviewed, mean the end of the party, before entering the severities of Lent.
Random wanted that Ravachol was died in Carnival time and its grief, according to the chronicles of the year 1.913, was a massive show; since then the burial of the parrot replaces the popular burial of the sardine in Pontevedra.
Ravachol was born in the late nineteenth century. He was the parrot pet of Mr. Perfecto Feijoo, and he was living at the pharmacy that he had in the Peregrina Square in Pontevedra.
He was very appreciated by the people of the city because of his famous dialogues and expressions, not always correct, because he was very foul-mouthed. His famous sayings was "if I take the rod...," "here no guarantee" or "Arre, arre" when passing mule trains.
He was died during the Carnival of 1.913, therefore, a joke, people did him a funeral with great honours that was attended by a large cortege.
Retrieving his figure, since 1.985, a burning of his effigy is organized, meaning the end of the festivities of Carnival.
Long live Ravachol, representative of satire and good living of Pontevedra!
One of the notables of Pontevedra, owner of the famous pharmacy in which meetings with illustrated VIPs were held: Unamuno, Ortega y Gasset, Zorrilla, Albéniz, Pablo Iglesias or Mrs. Emilia Pardo Bazán.