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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Other Carnaval 2007 Dates in Tenerife

Carnival Parade

Whilst the Carnaval in Santa Cruz is undoubtedly the biggest and most famous, those who want a taste of the fun with a little less bustle, can head to any one of the many other carnivals held in just about every town and village on the island.

Carnaval 2007 in La Orotava

In La Orotava, where the theme this year is "Fiestas in Egypt", the Gran Coso (Main Parade), is being held on Tuesday, February 20th. An Old Car Rally starts the day off at 10 a.m. that morning from the Plaza de la Constitución and, at 4 p.m. the carnaval parade begins from Cruz del Teide to Plaza de la Paz (El Calvario). Malibu Band and others are in charge of the knees up from 7 p.m. onwards. On Thursday, February 22nd, there is also a Drag Queen Festival at 9 p.m. in La Orotava, featuring some of the best drag acts from Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

Carnaval in Puerto de La Cruz 2007

The theme in Puerto de la Cruz this year in "Paris in the 20's" and the most important event of this international carnaval is their Gran Coso Apoteosis del Carnaval (Main Parade), which is held on Saturday, February 24th, from 4 p.m. onwards in the streets; Avda. Colón, Plaza de los Reyes Católicos, Calle Obispo Pérez Cáceres, Avda. Generalísimo, Calle Zamora, Calle Santo Domingo, Calle La Marina, Plaza del Charco, Calle San Felipe and Paseo Luis Lavaggi.

Carnaval in Los Gigantes 2007

Tenerife Sun tell us that, "In Los Gigantes the Carnival runs from March 1-5 and the theme for those wishing to get heavily involved is Mexico."

Carnaval in Los Cristianos 2007

Whilst I cannot find details on Los Cristianos carnaval for 2007, yet, this is the biggest in the south and never far from your hotel if you are staying in one of the resorts.

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Bichon Tenerife



Originally uploaded by emilystrange74.
Small, white, wooly dogs - that may, or may not, owe some of their ancestry to the Bichon Frise - are still very common in Tenerife, but what I had not known is that, until 1933, the breed was known as the Bichon Teneriffe or Bichon Tenerife.

Wikipedia tells us that, "Because of their merry disposition, they traveled much and were often used as items of barter by sailors as they moved from continent to continent. The dogs found early success in Spain and it is generally felt that Spanish seamen introduced the breed to the Canary Island of Teneriffe. In the 1300s Italian sailors rediscovered the little dogs on their voyages and are credited with returning them to the Continent, where they became great favorites of Italian nobility."

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Bitterness over Santa Cruz Carnaval Gala

Rafael Amargo

Rafael Amargo (amargo, unfortunately, means bitter), the Spanish flamenco dancer who has been brought in to "reinvent" the Gala for the Selection of the Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, this year has attracted much criticism already from participants after it was revealed that he is to hold castings to choose only the best two or three from each group to perform for the public and international TV. Some even interpret it that "he does not want the fat ones, old ones or ones who can't dance."

The cat was let out of the bag when newspaper, El Día, published an interview with the dancer last Sunday, in which he says, among other things:
"In the gala there will be those who are at a level for a television spectacular .... Imagine the case if one should fall over, another is a bit overweight, one is shorter than the others, another starts to laugh ... Designers have worked to ensure that everything is at its finest and, behind the scenery, there are 500 members of groups laughing, dancing, smoking and having a party ... No Sireee!"
(Yes, imagine that: people enjoying themselves and, at carnaval too! :)

Last night comparsas (dance troupes) signed a letter, addressed to the town hall, refusing to participate in the gala. Meanwhile, on Monday, Amargo signed his contract with the town hall to direct the gala, which will cost close to one million euros to produce, something that has also raised a few hackles.

Many resent that "an outsider" - Amargo is Spanish, not Canarian - is meddling and say that, "The carnival is ours." Whilst Amargo himself says that Canarians are very quick to defend themselves, without really understanding or seeing why.

El Carnaval amargo de Rafael

Image: Renatozaf [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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