Brit expats and visitors celebrate Benidorm Fancy Dress Day

Published:  21 Nov at 6 PM
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British expats living and working in Benidorm threw off their Brexit worries and joined thousands of tourists for Spain’s famous British Fancy Dress Day revels.

Around 40,000 British party-goers descended on the expats’ favourite beach resort of Benidorm for the annual fancy dress celebration. From retirees who’d lived in or near the city for some years through British business owners and their families to plane-loads of tourists from the UK, everyone used their imagination to be the best-dressed (and occasionally the best-undressed) guys and girls on the street.

Topical characters were well-represented, with one group dressing up as the X Factor’s very own rapper, Honey G. Others arrived as Christmas trees, with Santa Clauses and a gaggle of Mrs Santas followed by their elves decked out in red, green and pointy hats, all suspiciously resembling the local Brit footie team. Luckily, no-one thought to dress up as the Donald or Theresa May.

Superheroes were there en masse, as were Dad’s Army lookalikes, a group of snowmen and several large penguins, and the selection of underwear and lingerie on display rivalled a Victoria’s Secret store. In spite of a drop in temperature, some revellers forgot to get dressed at all, with the most popular a duo of spray-painted lasses posing as tigers in the buff.

This year’s spectacular boasted lots of new features, including a float parade similar to those in Spanish carnivals and featuring Brazilian dancers, drummers and even several slightly confused camels. Later in the afternoon, revellers revisited their childhoods by sloshing around at a foam party, and the entire area was packed from mid-day to late that night.

Amazingly, during the entire festival, the National Police and the extra 40 local officers on duty were free to enjoy the fun as there was no sign of any trouble, even although alcohol was flowing freely from every pub and bar in the area. Many of the holidaymakers had flown in deliberately for the festival, bringing their costumes with them and being shepherded back to their planes by exhausted, bleary-eyed budget airline hostesses in the early hours of the morning.
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