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Monday, February 19, 2018

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'.

We'll be publishing the 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.

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    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

    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    Shrove Tuesday Carnival Main Parade in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    And so we reach the main event of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife the Coso Apoteosis (Main Parade), which takes place every year on Shrove Tuesday and begins this afternoon, Tuesday, 13 February, at 4pm in the Avenidas de Francisco La Roche and Marítima.

    Here's a look at last year's: Coso Carnaval | S/C Tenerife 2017

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

    All events are liable to change beyond our control.   

    Carnival Floats in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    Another component of the main carnival parade on Tuesday, 13 February are the floats.

    Concurso Coches Engalanados en Santa Cruz (Carnaval 2017)

    Vintage cars on Carnival Tuesday in La Orotava

    If Santa Cruz Carnival is too big and intimidating for you, La Orotava carnival might be a good alternative, where, as well as the carnival parade, they also have a parade of vintage cars on Carnival Tuesday, so there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

    Coches Antiguos 2017

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