Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Carnaval 2005 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Carnival 2005 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

It is almost Christmas and I'm reminded that the moment this holiday is all over, the daily news will be dominated by preparations for the 2005 Carnaval, starting with numerous contests to choose the best singing & dancing troups, until we get to the weeks of the event itself. "It's the second biggest in the world don't you know", after Rio.

According to the 2005 Program at the Carnaval's official site (there's an English option), the contests begin on January 18th. The theme of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2005 is Hollywood Musicals, inspired in the great musicals of Broadway, particularly the musical comedies of the 1920s. The backdrop for the Gala for the Election of the 2005 Carnival Queen in the capital's Plaza España will have an Art Deco style.

This year, the festivities seem to be early in the calendar, with the main events as follows:

  • Wednesday 2nd February - Gala for the Election of the 2005 Carnival Queen
  • Friday 4th February - Opening Parade
  • Tuesday 8th February - "Coso" The apotheosis of Carnival. This is the main parade, which is always held on Shrove Tuesday and is usually televised. [1]
  • Friday 11th February - Burial of the Sardine [2]
  • Saturday 12th February - Children's Coso (parade)
  • Sunday 13th February - Piñata Sunday. Sunday morning sees the Concourse of Classic Cars which makes its circuit of the city streets.

[1] International TV coverage of the main events is likely to be available via tvCanaria.

[2] The Burial of the Sardine has again been changed to the Friday, as it was in 2004. The traditional date for this event "should" be Ash Wednesday. But, then again, it is supposed to mark the end of the carnival, which it still doesn't with events on the Saturday & Sunday.

The Secret of the Tenerife Carnaval

"You hear about places such as Barcelona, how the old and the cool there merges and mutates and mesmerises the visitor - Santa Cruz is like that." The true spirit of southern Europe is embodied in the simple pleasures to be found on the Canary Islands, says Julie Burchill. There is a most accurately observed commentary in this piece about Tenerife's curious Carnaval and some wonderful observations about the island in general.

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