Ferrol - Urban History
Carnivals float (1905)

The image appears to correspond to that of a carnival float, during the festivals held until 1895 in front of the Battalions Barracks. However, another sources state that the photograph comes from the celebrations held in 1892 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America. Whatever the case, it is a float prepared by the Casino Club, the social centre par excellence for Ferrol's ruling class, under the tutelage of naval officers.
The working-class societies, who had first celebrated the May 1st parade in 1890, also knew how to assemble floats in which they reinterpreted traditional iconography. For example, in 1897 their float featured an angel representing socialism and bearing a red flag, with the slogans 'Equality, Peace, Fraternity and Justice'.

Ferrol City Council, Postcard collection