By Anna Ellis •
Published: 19 Nov 2023 • 7:40
Stealing The Spotlight: Benidorm's Fancy Dress Success Takes Centre Stage. Ayuntamiento de Benidorm.
What started as a quaint idea 33 years ago has blossomed into a cultural phenomenon that attracts thousands of British tourists, eagerly marking their calendars for the unmissable Fancy Dress Party in Benidorm.
This annual extravaganza has transcended its initial roots to become a powerhouse, not just for fun-seekers but for the local economy and hospitality industry.
On October 16 Benidorm transformed into a vibrant hub of colour, creativity, and exuberance.
The economic impact is nothing short of remarkable, with venues experiencing a fourfold increase in their daily turnover.
The brainchild of local entrepreneur Manuel Nieto, the Fancy Dress Party emerged as a postlude to the Major Patronal Festivals of Benidorm.
What started as a modest gathering with floats has evolved into a spectacle of grand proportions, drawing travellers who now plan their trips specifically to partake.
Yet, the Fancy Dress Party is no longer confined to a single day of revelry. It has metamorphosed into a week-long celebration of creativity and unabashed fun.
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Originally from Derbyshire, Anna has lived in the middle of nowhere on the Costa Blanca for 19 years. She is passionate about her animal family including four dogs and four horses, musicals and cooking.
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