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Monday, February 24, 2020

Afilarmónica Nifú Nifá the grandfathers of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Afilarmónica Nifú Nifá at the head of the Carnival Parade on Tuesday 5 March 2019

The Afilarmónica Nifú Nifá (fondly known as La Fufa) is a carnival institution in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Whilst the order that queens and the various groups go out in the various parades is determined by their placing in the various contests in the run up to carnival in the street, La Fufa always head up the parades, owing to their position of seniority.

History of the Afilarmónica Nifú Nifá

In 1917 a chirigota from Cádiz participated in the carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife for the first time. They were sailors from the gunboat “Laya” of the Spanish Navy and that planted the seed, so that in the decade of the nineteen-twenties the first murga was born in Santa Cruz, named "El Flaco". It disappeared in 1936, when the Civil War broke out.

After the Civil War and as the carnival was celebrated with some tolerance by local authorities, in 1951 a group of friends formed a “murga” (among them the founder and director of the Afilarmónica NiFú-NiFá, Enrique González Betancourt (1924-2010) - who was known as 'the father of the murgas'), which at that time had no name; they made the musical instruments themselves with items such as a sardine barrel and iron plates, the rest of the instruments (trumpets, saxophones, ...) were made of cardboard.

A few months before the 1954 carnival, the group met to organize better; chosing a name for their murga, they decided to name it an "Afilarmónica". They wore a "circus musicians" costume with huge false mustaches, so they decided that the full name would be "Afilarmónica los Mustatos". However, when everything was ready, an order from the Civil Governor of the province, Arias Navarro, prohibited the celebration of carnivals.

Nevertheless, they performed after the dates of the carnival in the capital of Tenerife (at an artistic festival, a parade of the festivities of a neighborhood of Santa Cruz, and a party in honor of General Rodrigo, in the Círculo de Amistad XII de Enero (Circle of Friendship XII of January), where they were recriminated by the then Civil Governor).

Although the number of members reduced, the group continued rehearsing every year, but without performing in public when the dates of the carnival arrived, until in 1961, when they returned to meet the streets, already with their current name.

Afilarmónica NiFú-NiFá

In 1961, when they were about to go out on the street, a man appeared in the rehearsal room. When he saw that the name of the murga on the drum was that of his company, he got angry and demanded that it be removed immediately, telling the group that the name itself was nifú-nifá (neither here nor there / of no importance or relevance), but that the company was very serious and it was not necessary to confuse it with the carnival.

Which is how the current name emerged, that of Afilarmónica NiFú-NiFá.

In that same year, with only one day left until the end of the carnival celebrations, the city council realised, after discussion with the Provincial Delegation of Information and Tourism, that there were several murgas parading through the streets, so they set up the first contest of murgas, which was held in the Plaza del Príncipe, with a total of five murgas participating. In addition to the Fufa were: the murga of “El Chucho” of Valleseco, the murgaMarte”, the murgaLa Silenciosa” of Tacoronte and the murga "Pepe". The winner was the Afilarmónica NiFú-NiFá, making them the winners of the First Prize of the First Murga Contest of the First Winter Festival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

In 1962 the murgas contest was held in the Santa Cruz Bullring. For the second time, La Fufa won the contest and this was repeated in the following years: (1963, 1964 and 1965).

In 1966, the then veteran Afilarmónica, made the decision to go to the contest but participated without competing for the awards, a decision that has remained ever since. It was also in 1966, when they first released the Cubanito, a song that remains in their repertoire year after year and has become something of a carnival hymn.

Historia Afilarmónica Ni Fu Ni Fa

The Afilarmónica Nifú Nifá at the head of the Carnival Parade on Tuesday 5 March 2019

The Afilarmónica Nifú Nifá at the head of the Carnival Parade on Tuesday 5 March 2019

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

The rhythm of the comparsas continues in Santa Cruz despite the calima

Comparsa Los Cariocas at the Rhythm & Harmony Saturday 22 February 2020

Comparsa Los Cariocas won the first prize in the Rhythm and Harmony contest held in the capital of Tenerife last night. In addition, the formation from Valleseco also obtained, unanimously, the award for best standard. In Interpretation, Los Joroperos were second and Tropicana, third. Bahía Bahitiare were highly commended.

The contest was the last carnival event that went ahead yesterday, before the rest of the night's activities were cancelled from midnight, for safety, due to the high winds. Large screens, sound and light equipment, etc., had to be removed from staging. The winds also prevented the Carnival Queen and her court from taking part in the Rhythm & Harmony event, as their large costumes would have been so much more vulnerable.

The Canaries registered winds of up to 160 kmph during the night - that was at Izaña on Mount Teide - but still as much as 95 kmph at the Tenerife Sur Airport. Reina Sofía and Los Rodeos airports, in the south and north of Tenerife, respectively, are not accepting flights from outside the islands due to the lack of visibility caused by the calima, AENA sources reported Saturday. Tenerife North airport is operational for inter-island flights. National and international flights are able to leave Tenerife airports at the moment.

Emergency services in the Canaries have attended close to 200 incidents due to the high winds. Most of the incidents are related to falling trees, awnings, billboards, pergolas, lamp posts and bins and container movement, among others.

After a meeting at 7 am this morning with police and technical bods from the town hall, it has been decided to go on with the Daytime Carnival events planned for today in Santa Cruz. There may be some delays as staging is rebuild, but events will go ahead.

If we hear of any further changes to the scheduled program, we will try to report it via our Facebook page so that you don't make wasted journeys.

The whole of the carnival had to be moved to the following weekend, owing to bad weather, in 2006, which was the first time this happened in my then 14 years on the island. So to have a little disturbance another 14 years later, I suppose is not a bad average. Certainly beats the chance of getting good weather for a British Bank Holiday!

El ritmo de las comparsas hace frente a la calima

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Comparsas will fill Santa Cruz with Rhythm & Harmony tonight from 9 pm

Rhythm & Harmony Contest Saturday 2 March 2019

Tropicana, Los Rumberos, Danzarines Canarios, Bahía Bahitiare, Los Cariocas, Los Tabajares and Los Joroperos are the seven comparsas that will take part in tonight's Ritmo y Armonía (Rhythm & Harmony) contest on the Avenida de Anaga in Santa Cruz de Tenerife from around 9 pm. The contest will also count on the presence of the Carnival Queen, Sara Cruz Teja, and her court of four Maids of Honour, as well as others of the contestants who took part in last Wednesday's gala. If you aren't going to Santa Cruz, Televisión Canaria will be broadcasting the contest from 9:15 pm and you should be able to watch it live via the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel.

Las comparsas llenarán esta noche a Santa Cruz de ‘Ritmo y Armonía’ Carnaval 2020



Ritmo y Armonía | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Carnival in Los Gigantes 2020

Los Gigantes Carnival 2020

The theme of Los Gigantes Carnival 2020, which takes place between 6 March and 14 March, is Las mil y una noches (One Thousand and One Nights), (coincidentally, the theme in Santa Cruz 25 years ago), so you can submerge yourself in the story of Sherezade or the adventures of Aladin and his magic lamp. Mayor of Santiago del Teide, Emilio Navarro, has today presented the program for the fiestas, saying that, "Every year we try to improve different aspects of our carnival and integrate different groups." Among measures being introduced this year are: areas in the square during the galas so that people with disabilities can enjoy it; sign language interpreters; information on gender-based violence, a commitment to sustainability with refillable cups made of recycled material and controlled fireworks to avoid loud noises and big shocks.

Los Gigantes Carnival 2020 Program

Friday March 06
21:30 hrs: Gala Election of the Carnival Queen with performances of Comparsa Los Joroperos comparsa and Káren Méndez.
23:00 hrs: Great carnival dance with DJ 8smille, Ray Castellano and the TRB Mussically Band.

Saturday March 07
11:00 hrs: Carnival ludoparque (Sports activities?)
11:30 hrs: Carnacan Carnavalero. Carnival parade for pets.
17:30 hrs: Gala for the Election to the Junior Carnival Queen, with participation from local coreographic groups and Ballet Epsylon.
23:00 hrs: Carnival dance with Arguayo Band, Orqestra Tropin and Grupo LD, during which, the winners of the best male and female indivudual costumes, couples, groups, etc, will be awarded.
* throughout the day comparasas will parade around various hotel complexes.

Sunday March 08
17:00 hrs: Coso del carnaval (main parade) with the participation of carnival groups, comparsas, floats with the queen and maids of honour.
On arrival in the plaza, verbena (open air dance) with the Orqestra Maquinaria Band.

Monday March 09
Exhibition of carnival costumes in the Plaza Buganvilla in Los Gigantes.

Tuesday March 10
Exhibition of carnival costumes in the Plaza Buganvilla in Los Gigantes.

Wednesday March 11
16:30 hrs: Carnival afternoon for the elderly, with performances by seniors groups from the municipality and Pepe Benavente.

Thursday March 12
21:00 hrs: Drag Gala for Diversity and Artistic Equality Los Gigantes 2020, afterwards performance by Grupo Contratiempo.

Friday March 13
18:00 hrs: Wake for the Sardine with musical performances of Old Dogs and Tío Franklin.
21:00 hrs: Burial of the Sardine. Afterwards, fireworks display by Hermanos Toste.
00.00 hrs: Widows' Ball with Orqestra Maraury.

Saturday March 14
Los Gigantes Daytime Carnival 2020
11:00 - 14:00 hrs: Cross Infantil Los Gigantes 2020
11:00 - 14:00 hrs: Children's carnival ludoparque.
14:00 hrs: DJ Musica Comercial
16:00 hrs: Grupo La Calle
18:00 hrs: La Mekánica by Tamarindos
20:00 hrs: Jadel
21.00 hrs: King Africa
22:00 hrs: Grupo La Calle
00:00 hrs: Combo Dominicano

El Alcalde presenta el Carnaval de "Las Mil y Una Noches" de Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes Carnival 2020 Program

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Carnival in La Orotava 2020

Poster for La Orotava Carnival 2020

Carnival will turn the town of La Orotava into 'La Villa de la Fantasia' (Fantasyland) in 2020. The town's carnival runs from Friday 21 February to Sunday 1 March and has a long and varied program of events (download PDF).

Friday 21

- Great children's parade that will depart from the Plaza del Quinto Centenario towards the Plaza Franchy Alfaro, crossing the streets Cantos Canarios, Calvario, San Agustín and will continue through Tomás Zerolo, the Estévez Sculptor Career Bridge to head again through Calvario to the Plaza Franchy Alfaro.

- 9:00 PM: Election Gala of the Carnival Queen and Maids of Honour of Carnival 2020. Show presented by the journalist Fran Peraza will feature performance by Sandra del Castillo and of all of the Orotava carnival groups: the Murgas Virgueritos, Pizzicatos, Hasty, Trinkos and Minivirgues; the Fanfarria Orotava Peña el Casco; Los Villeros and Rondalla Volcanes del Teide.

Saturday 22

- Between 12:00 and 22:00: Plaza del Ayuntamiento and Calle Carrera Escultor Estévez the Carnival of solidarity with the XIII Solidarity Pizzicatos, the IV Solidarity Exhibition and the V Carnavalera Race, with the benefits of the event being allocated to the Foundation Pichón Trail and Actay´s.

Sunday 23: Carnival in the street

- Exhibition of old photographs about the carnival in the Plaza de la Constitución.

- 11:00: Children's carnival with multiple activities such as costume contest, performances, disco, workshops, children's show, games, bouncy castles, gastronomic workshops, face painting, educational workshop on the importance of the Orotava carnival and others. There will be performances by the children's troupe Los Villeros and the murga Minivirgues.

- 16:30: From the Plaza del V Centenario, the parade of the carnival groups will depart in the direction of the Town Hall Square, crossing the streets Cantos Canarias, Calvario, San Agustín, Plaza de La Constitución, Tomás Zerolo and Carrera Escultor Estevez. Once the parade is finished, various performances will begin in the two main stages located in both places. So you can enjoy the performances of all groups of the Orotava carnival, as well as the musician Elicio and Mingo Show. The closing of the day will be in the Town Hall Square itself with the joint performance of the 101 Brass band and Arístides Moreno.

Monday 24: 'Do you know me mask?'

- 7:00 pm ‘Carnavalera Gastronomy’ will be held in the Plaza de la Constitución. In the same place and at the same time will begin the contest of masks for the whole family, both children, youth and adults. Then, at 8:00 p.m., the Parody Festival will take place and this carnival Monday will end with the "Masquerade Dance", starting at nine o'clock at night.

Tuesday 25: Apotheosis Tuesday

- Paseo del Valle of Vintage Cars and performance of the Fanota Orotava Peña el Casco.

- 17:00: From the Cruz del Teide, the Great Cosmic Apotheosis of the Carnival (Main Parade) will start with the participation of various groups of the island of Tenerife. The route will be the usual route through the Cruz del Teide area, Salazar streets, San Francisco, Estévez Sculptor and Calvario, until culminating in Plaza la Paz.

- 19:30: A great dance will take place in the Plaza de la Constitución enlivened by Orchestra Sabrosa.

Wednesday 26: grieving Wednesday

- 19:30: Crispín's duel and subsequent burial and burning [Ed: think that counts as belt and braces]. the funeral procession will depart from the Town Hall Square towards the Plaza del V Centenario where the burning will take place, and a concert by Salvapantallas.

Friday 28: Carnival Festival

- 19:15: Parade of the carnival groups that will depart from the Plaza de Candelaria del Lomo to the Plaza de San Juan Bautista where, at 22:00 hours, the Carnival Festival will be held.

Saturday 29: Pinata Dance

Piñata dance in the Plaza de San Juan Bautista, with the performances by Miguel Lorenzo and the Dinacord orchestras and the Banda Loca.

Sunday 1

- Festival of Rondallas of the Carnival. In the Cultural Society Liceo de Taoro.

Programa de actos del Carnaval de La Orotava 2020

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Carnaval in the streets of Santa Cruz

Carnival Opening Parade

Santa Cruz chose its Carnival Queen on Wednesday night, so tonight, Friday 21 February 2020, the party finally goes out into the streets, first with the Cabalgata Anunciadora (Opening Parade), which will leave from the Plaza de la República Dominicana at around 8 pm and follow the route along the Avenida de la Asunción, Ramón y Cajal, Galcerán, Plaza Weyler, Méndez Núñez, El Pilar, Villalba Hervás, La Marina, ending up in the Avenida Francisco La Roche. (See thick blue line on this map for the route.) After which, at 10:30 pm, the dances with the various orquestras will begin in the Plaza del Príncipe, Plaza de la Candelaria and Avenida Francisco La Roche.

During this first night in the open air, carnival-goers can enjoy Dj Brain, Orquesta Tropin, Orquesta Generación, Orquesta Malibú, Iván Cacú and his Orquesta, among others.

Sadly, there won't be a Carnival Reggae Festival, as there has been in previous years.

We do know that carnival will have one extra allnighter - making it the longest weekend of partying in the carnival's history - on Sunday night, because Monday 24 February has also been declared a holiday in the city (as is Shrove / Carnival Tuesday 25 February). Sunday February 23 will therefore be added to the traditional all night dances until the wee hours (usually until 5 or 6 am). These already include Friday February 21, Saturday February 22, Carnival Monday February 24, because Tuesday is always a holiday; and on Friday and Saturday of Piñata Weekend (February 29 and March 1). The rest of the days of the Carnival week in the street, including the Wednesday of the Burial of the Sardine, the music will be turned off at the latest at two in the morning.

To everyone's potential relief (pun intended), the council has announced that it's installing 434 portaloos in the city during carnival (up from 190 last year). Quite rightly they say this is to 'combat bad odors'. The morning of Carnival Tuesday last year, the streets stank like a nuisance of thousands of tom cats had marked their territory on them!

Also for the first time there are to be extra bus services - up to 262,000 more seats - to connect all the Santa Cruz neighbourhoods with the city centre, starting from Friday 21 February for the Opening Parade and extending through until the Piñata Sunday. 

Here's a list of of which orchestras are playing which Escenario (Stage), at what time, on which days (so far, only up to Wednesday), but we're not sure it really matters. If you don't like what's on one stage, have a wander round to another, or top up your Cuba Libre. There isn't [yet] any informaion on the lineup for the Piñata Weekend and the second Daytime Carnival. But from Saturday 22 February, there is a program of performances (download PDF) of the various carnival groups.

And if all of this isn't enough for you, just about every square and bar in the city will have its own party, possibly with a kiosk and yet more all night loud music. All of the clubs, especially those along the Avenida Anaga, will have 'after parties', though how you can party after when the party already goes on until breakfast time, I'm really not sure.

Saturday, February 22, 2020
12:00 - 22:00 - Kid's Activities in the Plaza Isla de La Madera
17:30 - Shows on the different stages in the, Plazas del Príncipe and La Candelaria; and Francisco La Roche Avenue
21:00 - Contest of Comparsas Rhythm and Harmony. With the participation of all the comparsa groups - Francisco La Roche Avenue
22:30 - Dances with performances by large orchestras - Plazas del Príncipe and La Candelaria; and Francisco La Roche Avenue

Sunday, February 23, 2020
11:00 - Performance of the Afilarmónica Ni fú-Ni Fa - Plaza del Príncipe
12:00 - Performance of the Los Fregolinos Musical Lyric Group - Plaza del Príncipe
From 1:00 p.m. - Daytime Carnival - Performances in all stages until 8:00 p.m.
17:30 - Shows in the different scenarios - Plazas del Príncipe and La Candelaria; and Francisco La Roche Avenue
22:30 - Dances with performances by large orchestras - Plaza de La Candelaria

Monday, February 24, 2020
17:30 - Shows in the different stages - Plazas del Príncipe and La Candelaria; and Francisco La Roche Avenue
17:00 - Dances with performances by large orchestras - Plazas del Príncipe and La Candelaria; and Francisco La Roche Avenue

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
11:00 - Performance of the Afilarmónica Ni fú-Ni Fa - Plaza del Príncipe
12:00 - Performance of the Los Fregolinos Musical Lyric Group - Plaza del Príncipe
16:00 - Coso Apotheosis (Main Parade) - Avenues of Francisco La Roche y Marítima
20:00 - Dances with performances by great orchestras Plaza de La Candelaria

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
22:00 - Burial of the Sardine - Starting from Juan Pablo II Street, Méndez Núñez, El Pilar, Villalba Hervás, La Marina and ending at the Plaza de España. Cremation of the Sardine in the Avenida Marítima.
22:30 - Dances with performances by large orchestras - Plaza del Príncipe

Thursday, February 27, 2020
20:30 - Rondallas Festival - Guimerá Theater

Friday, February 28, 2020
18:00 - Coso Infantil (Children's Parade) - Starting from García Sanabria Park, crossing the streets of El Pilar, Villalba Hervás and La Marina.
23:30 - Dances with performances by large orchestras - Plazas del Príncipe and La Candelaria; and Francisco La Roche Avenue

Saturday, February 29, 2020
From 11: 00- 14:00 and from 17: 00- 20:00 Children's Carnival - Plaza Isla de La Madera
From 1:00 p.m. - Daytime Carnival. With performances on all stages until 8:00 p.m.
21:30 - Dances with performances by large orchestras - Plazas del Príncipe and La Candelaria; and Francisco La Roche Avenue

Sunday, March 1, 2020 (Piñata Sunday)
10:00 - Grand Concourse of Vintage Cars which gather at the García Sanabria Park. Starting at 12:00 hours, the tour of the city streets begins, ending at Francisco La Roche Avenue
11:00 - Performance of the Afilarmónica Ni fú-Ni Fa - Plaza del Príncipe
12:00 - Performance of the Lyric Group La Zarzuela of the Círculo de Amistad XII de Enero - Plaza del Príncipe
17:00 - Grand End of Carnival Party 2020 - Círculo de Amistad XII de Enero
18:00 - End of Party. Parade of carnival goups through the city center. Upon completion, a huge fireworks display - Plaza de La Candelaria

Programación de los actos del carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020 en la calle



Carnaval de noche 2019 Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz 2020

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020 Sara Cruz Teja

Carnival has it's Queen! Sara Cruz Teja was crowned Queen of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife last night, Wednesday 19 February, in the Gala held at the The Tenerife International Fairs and Congress Centre. Her costume is entitled Sentir (Feel), designed by Sedomir Rodríguez de la Sierra (who was also responsible for last year's winning design, La Nuit) and sponsored by hypermarket Centro Comercial Alcampo La Laguna.

Her court is made up as follows:



Entrega de Premios | Gala Reina del Carnaval | S/C Tenerife 2020

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Election of the Carnival Queen and Big Week of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Carnival Queen at the Gala for her Election in 2019

The eagerly-awaited climax of all of the contests in the run up to carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife takes place tonight, Wednesday, 19 February 2020, with the Gala de la Reina (Gala Election of the Carnival Queen). This year 16 candidates will compete for the coveted title. Show starts at 9:30 pm and, if you're not going in person, you should be able to stream the TV coverage live via the the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel.

Presenting the gala, directed by designers Marco&María, will be Pedro Rodríguez, of Radio Club Tenerife Cadena SER and Alexis Hernández, of Canarias Radio La Autonómica, with collaboration from singer, Soraya Arnelas. Organisers say they wanted to give all the prominence to the candidates, but that the gala will also be a party for the Carnival groups. The final touch will be a performance by, Mexican singer, Paulina Rubio.



Gala de la Reina | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Big Week of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Opening Parade, Rhythm and Harmony Comparsas, Daytime Carnival, Carnival Monday, Main Parade

After the Festival of Zarzuela on Thursday, 20 February, the big week of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife - with the longest weekend of partying in its history - kicks off with the Cabalgata Anunciadora - Carnival Opening Parade on Friday, 21 February. The parade starts at around 8 pm and makes its way through the city, eventually to the streets around the Plaza de España. The Carrozas y Coches Engalanados (decorated floats and cars) will gather around the Plaza de la República Dominicana before joining the parade.

On Saturday, 22 February, starting at 9 pm, is the Ritmo y Armonía (Rhythm and Harmony) contest of the Comparsa Groups. This spectacular event also includes the Carnival Queen and her court and takes place along the Avenida Francisco la Roche, although this year, will take place in the opposite direction, starting from the Cabildo and travelling north. The first 500 meters, which makes sense as this will be in front of the paid seats, will allow space for the performance of their routines for the contest element, while further up, they will just parade. The other reason for the change is to have the Palacio Insular, the Plaza de España and the city skyline as a more attractive backdrop duing the television boradcasts of the event. This direction only applies to this one evening.



Ritmo y Armonía | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Daytime Carnival Sunday 3 March 2019

This brings us to the first of the two CARNAVAL DE DÍA (Daytime Carnival) events, on Sunday 23 February, that make the carnival more accessible to the whole family.

More photos from the Carnaval de Día (03-03-19)

Carnival Monday, 24 February 2020, will be public holiday in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It's quiet in the daytime, carnival wise, but the Monday night is one of the biggest and longest party nights of the carnival. Meanwhile, on the neighbouring island of La Palma on Carnival Monday, the biggest event of carnival in Santa Cruz de La Palma, Los Indianos, fills the streets of the town with kilos and kilos of talcum powder.

And on Shrove Tuesday / Carnival Tuesday, 25 February 2020, the event that this has all been building up to, the Coso Apoteosis (Carnival's Main Parade) takes place from around 4 pm in the afternoon, along the Avenida Francisco la Roche.

More photos from the Coso Apoteosis del carnaval 2019



Coso Apoteosis | Carnaval de S/C de Tenerife 2019

More details of the Program for Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel. 

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tickets for Santa Cruz Carnival Parades

View from the stands for the Rhythm & Harmony on 2 March 2019

Firstly, let me assure you that you DON'T NEED tickets to go to and watch any of the carnival parades, in Santa Cruz or any other town on the island, but you CAN buy tickets to get a few extra comforts and conveniences. Last year, we bought tickets for the gradas (stands) alongside the Plaza de España for both the Rhythm & Harmony Comparsas on the Saturday evening and for the Carnival Main Parade on Shrove Tuesday.

You get a seat with a decent view, very close to the parade and in the area where the TV cameras are located. The paraders often interact with the public in the stands, with some coming into the stands themselves, so it would be difficult to get any closer.

The catering was a snack van round the back of the stands and there was a queue, so you might want to bring your own snacks and water if you don't want to miss the parades. There are also portaloos inside the stands area that are only available to those with tickets.

The hostesses usher people into the available seats, though I found them accomodating to old age, reduced mobility and vertigo preventing me from climbing higher. They'll probably also give you a silly hat to wear, which clearly someone has paid for to get their promotion on tele, but isn't a bad idea in the heat. And you may get to perform in a Mexican wave or two, but if you're not up for such activities, you probably won't like carnival anyway!

This year, Atlántico Excursions are the online seller of a variety of tickets for the carnival parades:

VIP tickets, from 60 Euros, are also available for the Gala for the Election of the Carnival Queen at the The Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses this Wednesday 19 February 2020.

And just in case you're at all concerned, these are the official carnival products, promoted by Santa Cruz Town Hall and the carnival organising department.

The ticket selling website is in English and there are options for seats with or without transfers and guides to and from hotels in both the south and north of the island if you require that. There are also options for just the transfers without the seats in the stands, if you prefer to to have the flexibility to find standing room along the parade route.

These tickets can also be purchased in person, from the Casa del Carnaval (Carnival Museum), Calle Aguere, 17, 38005 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, between Monday 17 February until Saturday 22 February, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife themselves manage the chairs that line the carnival route, which come at a cost of a mere €2.50 each. I imagine those are popular!

Members of Comparsa Los Cariocas interract with the public in the stands during the Main Parade

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Monday, February 17, 2020

International Carnival in Los Cristianos 2020

Los Cristianos Carnival Poster 2020

The God of a Thousand Faces


"The essence of this poster is based on merging tradition with the avant-garde. Orienting our view towards the Far East, we find dreamlike characters that transport us to a lost past, in which traditions took shape in a thousand ways, with a thousand faces. Those same, we have retaken to give form to our, also, traditional Carnival." says the blurb.

Japan (the theme of this year's carnival in Los Cristianos) and Arona, then merge, in that dance of masks, with a thousand forms and messages, materializing in the 21st century in the streets and parties, where each one chooses the appropriate costume.

The program for this year's Los Cristianos carnival is as follows:

THURSDAY, MARCH 12
Presentation of Candidates for Junior Queen, Senior Queen and Queen of Carnival. PLACE: Infanta Leonor Auditorium in Los Cristianos

FRIDAY, MARCH 13
- Opening of the Carnival Exhibition. PLACE: Los Cristianos Cultural Center
- Carnival Comparsas Contest. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos

SATURDAY MARCH 14
- WIG PARTY Daytime Carnival. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos.
- Opening Parade of the Carnival. PLACE: Playa de Las Américas, from the C.C. Gala, in Avda. Rafael Puig Lluvina, until C.C. Oasis, in the Avda. The Americas.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15
- Carnival concert of the Arona Town Band. PLACE: Plaza de La Pescadora, Los Cristianos
- Meeting of Murgas de Tenerife. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos

MONDAY, MARCH 16
- Festival of Coreographic Groups. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos

TUESDAY MARCH 17
- Gala of Election of the Senior Queen. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
- Election Gala of the Junior Carnival Queen. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos

THURSDAY MARCH 19
- 9:00 pm: Grand Gala Election of the Carnival Queen. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos

FRIDAY MARCH 20
- Senior Carnival Dance. PLACE: Courtyard of the Los Cristianos Cultural Center
- Drag Queen Carnival Gala. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos

SATURDAY MARCH 21
Daytime Carnival with two stages:
- Family Stage with diverse performances and Carnival workshops. PLACE: Plaza de La Pescadora, Los Cristianos
- Main stage with national and international artists. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center Building)
- Carnival Costume Contest. PLACE: Plaza de la Pescadora, Los Cristianos
- VI Carnaval Beach Route in tribute to the great songs of the Carnival. PLACE: From the Plaza de la Pescadora, promenade, Plaza de la Alpispa, c / Valle Menéndez, c / Juan Reverón Sierra, c / Amalia Alayón to the Plaza de la Pescadora, Los Cristianos

SUNDAY MARCH 22
- Exhibition of Classic and Antique Cars. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos
- Great Coso Apotheosis of Carnival (Main Parade). PLACE: From the Paloma Beach apartments, on Avda. Juan Carlos I, to the Los Cristianos Cultural Center.

MONDAY, MARCH 23
- Burial of the Sardine of the Carnival of Arona. PLACE: From Fisherman's Square (Cultural Center), to Los Cristianos Beach

This schedule is provisional

Carnaval Internacional de Los Cristianos - Arona 2020

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

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