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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

See inside the Casa del Carnival Museum in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

We wrote recently about the new Casa del Carnaval (Home of Carnival) Museum in Santa Cruz that opened in June/July of last year, so thought you would like a look inside.

The relevant segment begins about 12 minutes in this video of a Visit to the Casa del Carnaval the first day it was open to the public at large, on July 3rd 2017. In Spanish, but you'll see that if you go there, the exibits and labels are in both Spanish and English, as are the videos of carnival that you can watch there. There's also an area where you are allowed to touch, try on the costumes, put on makeup and "perform" on the carnival stage.

La CASA del CARNAVAL de Tenerife

Monday, February 19, 2018

Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2018 Closes on a Massive High

Daytime carnival crowd in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Image Santa Cruz Town Hall)

With an estimated crowd of 200,000 people during the Daytime Carnival event of the final weekend of carnival 2018 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the organisers are calling it a record day that serves as a reminder of that famous Guinness record breaking attendance:

In 1987, singer Celia Cruz went to the Carnival Chicharrero with Billo's Caracas Boys; attended by 250,000 people, the concert was registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest gathering of people in an outdoor plaza to attend a concert. [Source]

The Gala for the Selection of the Carnival Queen on Wednesday, 7th February was watched by 4.5 million viewers via the two Spanish and Canarian television channels, more than in previous years. They mention that this number was 'across the country', so that may not include international and online viewers, who must add considerably these days.

During the last night of the fiestas there was another decrease in the activity of the carnival field hospital, where just 88 patients were seen for various reasons, the most frequent being the excessive consumption of alcohol (in 23 cases, 10 of whom were minors). Last year on the equivalent night, 136 people had been treated.

The most serious case was a male, found unconscious in the street with head and chest injuries. He was taken to the Hospital de la Candelaria and is in a critical state.

The first aid post in the Plaza de España, run by volunteers, attended to 20 people with minor injuries.

During the Daytime Carnival, just 55 people required treatment for minor ailments and for the effects of the excessive consumption of alcohol. Seven patients only required hospital treatment or x-rays.

Another nugget of data is that more than a million LED light bulbs had been installed in Santa Cruz as decorative carnival lighting. The Town Hall hopes this will produce savings of €10,000 over the use of traditional bulbs during the course of carnival.

Today, Monday, 19th February, the clean up operation began in the streets and squares of Tenerife's capital, where council workers had already collected 241 tons of rubbish in the second third of carnival and used 1.6 million litres of treated water and 2,160 litres of cleaning products.

Meanwhile, in Puerto de la Cruz, some 30,000 spectators had turned up to watch 441 blokes in drag sprain their ankles in the annual Mascarita Ponte Tacón on Friday night and another 25,000 turned out to watch the climax of their carnival, the Main Carnival parade, which had started at 6pm this year, two hours later than is customary to allow groups to prepare.

The clean up begins (Image Santa Cruz Town Hall)

Provisional Programme for Santa Cruz Carnival 2019

Carnival mask

Courtessy of newspaper La Opinión de Tenerife, we can already bring you this Programa provisional del Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019. This does not yet appear on the official carnival website, so whilst I'm pretty sure this is what the schedule will look like, some details could change, but it will hopefully give you a good idea for forward planning. Scroll back through the events of Tenerife carnival in 2018 for more details about each of these, but we'll post more details at the appropriate times. Highlighted below are the events from Friday, 1 March to Sunday, 10 March 2019 once carnival takes to the streets.

  • Friday, 1st February: Inauguration of Carnival 2019
  • Thursday, 7th February: 1st Phase of the Junior Murgas Contest
  • Friday, 8th February: 2nd Phase of the Junior Murgas Contest
  • Saturday, 9th February: 3rd Phase of the Junior Murgas Contest
  • Sunday, 10th February: Festival of Coreographed Groups
  • Monday, 11th February: 1st Phase of the Adult Murga Contest
  • Tuesday, 12th February: 2nd Phase of the Adult Murga Contest
  • Wednesday, 13th February: 3rd Phase of the Adult Murga Contest
  • Friday, 15th February: Final of the Murga Contests
  • Saturday, 16th February: Contest of Musical Groups
  • Sunday, 17th February: Gala Election of the Junior Carnival Queen
  • Wednesday, 20th February: Gala Election of the Senior Carnaval Queen
  • Friday, 22nd February: Comedy Song Contest
  • Saturday, 23rd February: Comparsas Contest
  • Sunday, 24th February: Costume Contest and the Rondallas Contest
  • Tuesday, 26th February: Concert with lyrical group Los Fregolinos
  • Wednesday, 27th February: Gala Election of the Carnival Queen
  • Thursday, 28th February: Festival of the Zarzuela
  • Friday, 1st March: Opening Parade
  • Saturday, 2nd March: Rhythym and Harmony Comparsas
  • Sunday, 3rd March: Daytime Carnival
  • Monday, 4th March: Carnival Monday
  • Tuesday, 5th March: Carnival Main Parade
  • Wednesday, 6th March: Burial of the Sardine
  • Thursday, 7th March: Festival of Rondallas
  • Friday, 8th March: Children's Carnival Parade and Festival of Prizewinners
  • Saturday, 9th March: Daytime Carnival
  • Sunday, 10th March: Exhibition and parade of vintage and classic cars, end of carnival party and carnival closes with a firework display

Tenerife Carnival Dates for 2019

Dates for Tenerife Carnival 2019

As the main carnivals in the north of the island draw to a close for another year and before it moves off to the south, here are the expected dates for Tenerife carnival in 2019.

Santa Cruz

After the inauguration on 1 February 2019 and the numerous contests to choose the best groups and all of the queens, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2019 will take to the streets again from Friday, 1 March to Sunday, 10 March 2019.

Voting closed on 14 February 2018 to choose the theme of Santa Cruz Carnival 2019, but the announcement of the winner hasn't yet been made. It will be one of the following options; 'The African Savanna', 'The Old West', 'Modern Japan (Manga)', 'Hell', 'Exotic Thailand', 'The flirty 50's', 'New York, the city that never sleeps' or 'The marine depths'.

Provisional Programme for Santa Cruz Carnival 2019
    Puerto de la Cruz 

    The International Carnival of Puerto de la Cruz in 2019, will take place between Sunday, 24 February and Sunday, 10 March 2019, with the main events expected to be:
    • Thursday, February 28th, 2019 - Election of the Carnival Queen
    • Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 - Proclamatory Parade
    • Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 - Burial of the Sardine
    • Friday, March 8th, 2019 - Men's Marathon in High Heels
    • Saturday, March 9th, 2019 - Main Parade
    In Puerto de la Cruz the popular vote has chosen 'Space' as the theme for carnival in 2019.

    Los Gigantes

    The start of carnaval in Los Gigantes is usually on the Friday nine days after Shrove Tuesday. Therefore, using the any year schedule for Los Gigantes carnival, we calculate that their carnival should start on Friday, 15th March 2019, with their main parade being held on Sunday, 17th March 2019, but will update when we get any further information. 

     Los Cristianos  

    As ever, we won't even guess when Los Cristianos carnival will be held in 2019. We will update if or when any information becomes available from the authorities in Arona.

    All dates are liable to change beyond our control.

    If you wish to be informed when information about Los Cristianos Carnival 2019 becomes available, may I suggest that you subscribe to our email updates, or our news feed, follow our Facebook page, or our Twitter tweets, or all of them, or whichever is your preference, as whatever I post here will also be posted to all of those social media.

    Sunday, February 18, 2018

    Parade of vintage and classic cars in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    The final day of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Domingo de Piñata (this year Sunday, 18 February) is when vintage cars - and in recent years classic cars too - meet at the Parque García Sanabria from 10am, before parading around the streets of the city from midday.

    The carnival concludes in the evening with a fireworks display.

    Desfile de Coches antiguos

    All events are liable to change beyond our control.    

    Saturday, February 17, 2018

    Daytime Carnival in Santa Cruz and the Main Parade in Puerto de la Cruz

    So we come to the final - the Piñata weekend - of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where on Satuday, 17 February this year, the second of the Daytime Carnival events takes place. Here's a little flavour of that from last year.

    Meanwhile, Puerto de la Cruz carnival Main Parade takes place in the afternoon.

    All events are liable to change beyond our control.    

    Friday, February 16, 2018

    Children's Carnival Parade and Festival of Prizewinners

    Kid's parade of Santa Cruz Carnival 1994

    On Friday, 16th February 2018, the Coso Infantil (Kid's Parade) of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife will be departing from the Parque García Sanabria at 6pm. This has been moved in recent years to avoid conflicting with the Carnaval de Día, so that children can enjoy both.

    Running straight on from this, starting at 8pm, in the Plaza de la Candelaria, is the Festival de los Galardonados (Festival of Prizewinners). This event was recouperated last year after a 13 year absense and gathers together all of the winners of the various carnival contests.

    All events are liable to change beyond our control

    Men's High Heels Obstacle Race in Puerto de la Cruz

    The not-to-be-missed event of carnival in Puerto de la Cruz has to be the Mascarita Ponte Tacon, known as the Men's High Heels Obstacle Race, which this year is scheduled for Friday, 16 February. Here is some video from the event in 2017. There are images in there that just cannot be unseen and I don't see why it should only be my retina burnt! :)

    Mascarita Ponte Tacon ( Men`s high heel obstacle race) Tenerife

    All events are liable to change beyond our control.    

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    The Miracle in La Laguna of Sister María de Jesús

    The incorrupted body of Sor María de Jesús

    On 15th February each year, the anniversary of her death, the incorrupted body of Sor María de Jesús (Sister Mary of Jesus de León y Delgado) (1643 - 1731), popularly known as La Siervita, is put on display. The doors of the Santa Catalina convent in La Laguna are opened (from 5am) as the faithful and curious queue around the block for the chance to view.

    Image By CanaryIslands [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    Funerals for the unfortunate sardines in Tenerife

    Mourners at the Burial of the Sardine

    Tonight, Ash Wednesday, 14 February, the blasphemous and irreverent funerals of two unfortunate sardines in take place Santa Cruz de Tenerife and in Puerto de la Cruz.

    It's tradition. It used to signify the end of carnival and the beginning of lent.

    It's called the Burial of the Sardine (even though it's cremated) and is where wailing widows (blokes in drag) mourn the end of carnival, even though it still carries on for days.

    Why? Well, as ever various stories exist, but the sardine connection is probably what you are going to be eating a lot of when you give up meat during the Lenten fast. Probably. It's also seen as a return to "everyday" frugal things after the undeniable excesses of carnival.

    The wailing widows are dressed like tarts, because now they've lost their husband (the sardine), the poor things have no other means of support, so they'll have to go "on the game". And for some reason the "clergy", bless the funeral goers with dildos.

    Does it even have to make sense? It's one of carnival's biggest party nights.

    In Santa Cruz, the the funeral procession leaves from the Calle Juan Pablo II at around 9 pm, taking a route through Méndez Núñez, Pilar, Villalba Hervás, La Marina and ending up in the Plaza de España, with the burning of the sardine in the Avenida Marítima.

    Funeral Of The Sardine from Brasero Project on Vimeo.

    All events are liable to change beyond our control

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