Days of debauchery, games and costumes; we celebrate Carnival in the middle of winter. The festivities run from Fat Thursday until Ash Wednesday, and always surround a new moon. They are structured around a ritual sequence that includes the arrival, reign, death and burial of Pellofa, the king of the Mataró Carnival.

These days are full of traditional events: omelettes, Gypsy Dance, children's activities, the big fancy dress parade, concerts, and the events of Ash Wednesday, which end with the symbolic burial of the King of Carnival and the appearance and enthronement of the Vella Quaresma, or the Lenten Elder, from when, and for seven weeks, we can go to sing and saw off one of her seven legs every Sunday at noon in the Plaça de la Peixateria.