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Even with the start of the 'new normality' on 21 June 2020, popular fiestas and most large gatherings and events are still prohibited and social distancing guidelines still in force. Dates listed on this site, therefore, are still subject to cancellation or change and we will update, where we can, when any new information is made available.

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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.

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."

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

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Cabalgata de Los Reyes Garachico 2006/7

Los Reyes Garachico 2006

Wrapped up in too many layers against a wind that never blew, thankfully, we made it down to Garachico last night to join all the other kids to await the arrival of The Three Kings. Most people - Christian or not - will be familiar with the basic story and the order of business for the annual parade varies little from year to year (we have already described it here), but this still remains a really entertaining night out for kids of all ages.

Everyone turned out: from sleeping toddlers in push chairs (who proceded to sleep right through fanfares and fireworks) to little old ladies of 80+, going on eight. Even teenagers - those people who, in most situations, "wouldn't be seen dead" at organized activities - helped line the streets and gleefully cheered on their favorite biblical monarch.

One cannot really get across in mere pictures the true atmosphere, excitement and expectation, but here are some shots from the Cabalgata de Los Reyes in Garachico.

The humble and half-ruined stable, complete with manger, was erected outside the church of Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles, while an arabesque facade was added to Garachico's Town Hall to convert it into the Kings' Palace for the night. Roman Centurions stood guard outside the Castillo San Miguel and a Mounted guard, provided by Herod, were sent to accompany the Kings to the outskirts of the city of Garachico Bethlehem. Attendants take care of camel transportation, for Gaspar, Melchor and Baltasar.

Los Reyes Garachico 2007

The Three Kings from the West ...

Starting from the Quinta Roja manor house (built by the Marquis in the early 1600s), set among banana plantations the Three Kings travel through the village of San Pedro de Daute and down into Garachico from the west - the opposite direction from the traditional one - making this something of a novelty. Accompanying the Three Kings  mounted on camels are; pages, Roman soldiers, torch bearers, Roman guards on horseback and standard bearers ...

As they approach the San Miguel castle, which has been converted into Herod's residence for the day, they're spotted by the vigilant guards on the battlements who sound their trumpets. The Three Kings then dismount and ready themselves to meet with Herod.

Once on their way again, the Three Kings make their procession along the Calle Esteban de Ponte and other streets of the town, to eventually return to the plaza Glorieta de San Francisco, where the live nativity has been set up in front of the Los Angeles church, the town hall has been dressed up as a palace for the kings, with a fancy facade, canopies and three thrones. Even the frontage of the former San Francisco convent has had faux battlements added to it for the day.

These well-rehearsed events follow a similar format every year, with a live reenactment of the entire Christmas story that usually employs a varying number of real live animals (that don't always do what's expected of them) and a cast of, well, several dozen.

The whole show is brought to a climax with a huge firework display, after which the three kings START their job of dishing out gifts to hundreds of kids, as pages call out their names.

The Three Kings start their journey at around 7 p.m., reaching the main town for the meeting with Herod at around 9 p.m. The rest of the procession and show takes at least another couple of hours, so it's a real value for money night out - especially since it's free - night out.

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