Traditionally, Carnival was the last celebration before the austerities of Lent. In Sitges, Carnival has been extended to host Sitges Gay Carnival a few days before Carnival begins. It is a lavish and colourful affair with Floats packed with people in costume; loud music and where visitors come to soak up the atmosphere. The two main events are the Debauchery Parade (Sunday night) and the Extermination Parade (Tuesday night). Itís a great time of year when all the bars and restaurants re-open and everyone dresses up in fancy dress.