By Euro Weekly News Media • 19 November 2016 • 10:22
FANCY DRESS FRENZY: As many as 40,000 revellers are thought to have attended.
BENIDORM’S annual British Fancy Dress Day took place on Thursday, November 17, and once again saw hordes of expats and holidaymakers take to the streets donning an array of weird and wonderful garb.
The party, which takes place the day after the official end of the town’s fiesta, is estimated to have attracted some 40,000 revellers, up 10,000 on last year.
As always, events were centred on Calle Gerona and the British Square, with bars blasting out music to the delight of the colourful crowd.
Thought to be the biggest fancy dress party in Europe, the celebration dates back twenty years, when local bar Sinatra’s began offering a free drink to anyone turning up in costume.
A new addition for 2016 was a float parade with local bars and hotels taking part, and the mayor, Toni Perez, plus a selection of councillors also made an appearance.
With an incredible array of costumes on display and even a street foam party outside one bar, the friendly fancy dress day appears to be going from strength to strength, with no trouble reported by local police.
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