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Friday, February 20, 2009

Carnaval in Puerto de la Cruz 2009 Revised

Puerto de la Cruz carnival parade 2008

Puerto de la Cruz Carnaval suffered an early change to the published program yesterday, when their Gala for the selection of the Carnaval Queen, usually held on the Thursday night, had to be postponed due to bad weather. The Gala should now be taking place tonight, Friday, February 20th, but I guess that again, it depends on the rain.

The revised 2009 program (the main events anyway) is as follows:
  • Friday, 20th February: Gala for the Election of the 2009 Carnival Queen
  • Saturday, 21st February: Proclamatory Parade
  • Wednesday, 25th February: Funeral of the Sardine
  • Friday, 27th February: Men's Marathon in High Heels
  • Saturday, 28th February: Coso - Main Parade (4 pm)
In addition to those, starting from tonight, each and every night until Saturday, February 28th, inclusive (except Thursday), there's a Gran Baile (dance) in the Plaza del Charco, Calle La Marina and Calle Perdomo, from 10 p.m. onwards.

We managed to see some of the Carnival Parade in Puerto de la Cruz last year and the weather was doing funny stuff then too. For future planning, the dates of Carnaval in Puerto de la Cruz are one of the very rare examples in Tenerife that - barring disturbances for the weather and other things beyond the control of mere mortals - follows a regular and predictable pattern. Normally kicking off on the Thursday before Shrove Tuesday, the Burial of the Sardine is on the correct day, Ash Wednesday and Carnival celebrations come to a climax with the main parade on the Saturday after Shrove Tuesday.

However, Andrea Montgomery says that the high heels drag obstacle race is rapidly becoming the favourite Carnaval event in Puerto and is always worth seeing.