The “Xenerais da Ulla” is the most outstanding feature of the Ulla region’s traditional Carnival. It has been held in the surroundings of Santiago since the first half of the 19th century: the “Xenerais” (generals) ride on horseback, dressed in colourful military garments similar to those of that time, but they also include purely carnivalesque adornments, which the horses also wear.
The parade of the MECO, the festival and costume contest, the parade and dialectic combats of the Xenerais da Ulla, the parade of floats and comparsas and, as a finishing touch, the burning of the MECO, are some of the most significant activities of these parties. Also, as it is a festive event designed for the general public's enjoyment in this edition, there is also an opportunity to participate in children's workshops and other parallel activities, as well as concerts and musical entertainment on the streets of Compostela.
The ’romería’ of San Lázaro, a neighbourhood situated at the entrance of the city, on the Way of St. James, is both religious and gastronomic. The patron saint is honoured with a mass and a procession, in addition to an ancient tradition in which pig’s trotters are auctioned as an offering to the saint, "Festa da Uña".