Sunday, February 26, 2017
Another species of carnival group in Santa Cruz de Tenerife are the rondallas. A rondalla is an ensemble of stringed instruments played with the plectrum or pick and generally known as plectrum instruments. It originated in Medieval Spain, especially in Catalonia, Aragon, Murcia, and Valencia. The tradition was later taken to Spanish America and elsewhere. The word rondalla is from the Spanish ronda, meaning "serenade."
Here is coverage of the Rondallas Contest this year in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Certamen Rondallas S/C Tenerife 2017
This year's Third Maid of Honour in Santa Cruz Carnival is Carla Cabrera González, with a costume entitled 'Aguas de Victoria' (Victory Waters), by designer Santi Castro and representing shopping centre Centro Comercial Añaza Carrefour.
One of the biggest events of carnival in recent years has been the addition of the Carnaval de Día (Daytime Carnival), which this year, once more is taking place on two dates: today, Sunday 26th February and again on Saturday, 4th March. Here's a sampling from last year when more than 200,000 people congregated in the streets of Santa Cruz for the event.
Carnaval de Día | S/C Tenerife 2016
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Fans of the fairground that accompanies the carnival events around the island may be pleased to learn that, after several years of absense, El Pulpo (The Octopus) is back this year having been brought up to date with some impressive LED lighting.
CARNAVAL DE SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE 2017. EL PULPO
The Second Maid of Honour of Santa Cruz' Carnival in 2017 is Samantha Rodríguez Abrante, with the costume entited, 'La Joya' (The Jewel), designed by Francisco de Borja Ledesma Abreu and representing Canary Islands' honey rum brand, Ron La Indiana.
A comparsa is a group of singers, musicians and dancers that take part in carnivals and other festivities in Spain and Latin America. Its precise meaning depends on the specific regional celebration. In the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, comparsas are similar to Brazilian carnival blocks. As well as the queens, I think these are what most of us picture when we think of carnival in Tenerife. Here's coverage from this year's Comparsas Contest.
Concurso Comparsas S/C Tenerife 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
Having seen this year's Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz, let's have a look at the Maids of Honour who will follow the Queen in the various parades. First Maid of Honour in 2017 is Laura Rodríguez Jorge, with the costume named, 'Oración Caribe' (Caribbean Prayer), designed by Daniel Pagés and representing McDonald's and newspaper, La Opinión de Tenerife.
With all the contests over on Wednesday and a day to draw breath, Santa Cruz carnival finally takes to the streets tonight with the opening parade, which takes place from approximately 8pm. Starting from the Plaza de la República Dominicana the parade will pass through the Avenida de la Asunción, Ramón y Cajal, Galcerán, Plaza Weyler, Méndez Núñez, Pilar, Villalba Hervás, La Marina and ending up in the Avenida Francisco La Roche.
Cabalgata anunciadora Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2016
Thursday, February 23, 2017
If you missed it last night, here is the recording of the Gala for the Election of the Carnaval Queen from the Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Gala Reina Carnaval S/C Tenerife | 2017
Yet another flavour of carnival component are the Agrupaciones Musicales (musical groups). Here is coverage from their contest this year.
Concurso Agrupaciones Musicales | S/C Tenerife 2017