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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2011. Coso Apoteosis

Grab yourself a beverage, sit back and relax or get up and dance – your choice – but however you do it, enjoy these 33 wonderful minutes from Santa Cruz’ Carnaval’s Coso Apoteosis (Main or Grand Parade), which took place on March 8th.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Vintage Cars in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Coches antiguos en el Carnaval 2009 - Santa Cruz de TenerifeIf you get a move on there may still be time to get to the capital to see the gathering of classic and vintage cars in Santa Cruz de Tenerife this morning.

Postponed from March 13th, because of bad weather, this annual event sees these wonderfully preserved vehicles gather in the Parque García Sanabria (see map) from 10 a.m., then parade around the city from mid-day.

As you can see, as well as the cars, most of the drivers and passengers also dress in period costumes in keeping with their vehicles. Last year some 40 examples were on show, which is quite a number, given the size of the island.

Watch some of them in this video from the gathering in 2008:

Photo by pacoveratf

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Carnaval Opening Parade Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2011

For my money, this is one of the best slices of Tenerife carnaval you’ll ever see, because it doesn’t just show you a parade, it lets you live the atmosphere.

You can hear the all the different sounds; the music, the batucadas of the drums and the noise of the crowd mingling together. You can also see how the public and the parade are not separated, making this a participation event, not merely a spectator sport, which, for me, is an important distinction between Tenerife’s totally accessible carnival and others where one would be a mere onlooker.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Witches transform into donkeys and other Friday night fun

066 Las Burras. Entierro de la Sardina de GüímarIt’s Tenerife, it’s carnaval and so the fun continues with yet more curious festivals that would make a night at your local BDSM fetish club seem a little dull by comparison.

Should you decide not to watch a bevvy of blokes in costume drag, racing around Puerto de la Cruz, over obstacles, in pole-dancer shoes, then you still have a choice of various other carnaval entertainments on offer.

In Güímar, for instance, witches will once more turn into donkeys at their Carnaval closing festivities known as Las Burras de Güímar (The Donkeys of Güímar).

This piece of street theatre only dates back to 1992, but was born with the objective of making the Burial of the Sardine celebrations more popular, drawing upon various local beliefs related to witchcraft, including the belief that witches were able to transform themselves into donkeys in order to gain entry into the homes of the country folk, in order to cast their spells.

The play begins with the appearance of some strange women in various balconies and windows. Once the sardine has passed in front of them, they transform into donkeys. They make their way together to the square, where they scare the lights out of some peasants, who work out that they are these famous Burras.

So they turn back into witches and form a coven, invoking a demon, who appears as a large figure with a skull for a head, accompanied by numerous imps. The witches dance with the demons, filling the plaza with noise, until the sound of religious music is heard, which indicates the presence of the Inquisition.

At that moment, a group of friars, accompanied by a Bishop arrive, who begins an exorcism, calling upon the Archangel Michael for help. The latter appears in the sky, accompanied by various angels and fight against the big demon. Once the demon lies defeated on the ground, the Bishop orders the burning of the witches on the bonfire along with the sardine.

(And everyone lives happily ever after.)

It’s tonight, Friday, March 11th, in the Plaza de San Pedro in Güímar (map), starting at 9 p.m.

And of course it’s free. Just think how much you’d have to pay for the drugs to have an equivalent experience anywhere else! Smile

SanSusino in Garachico

Also tonight and also at 9 p.m., this time in Garachico, there’s the Quema de Don Sansusino (The Burning of Mr Sansusino), where the fish has turned into a figure.

The funeral party will leave from the chapel on the Calle Nicolás de Ponte and will proceed along various streets in the town, before arriving at the port. There the much awaited Miss Sansusino 2011 contest will be held, in which residents and visitors will participate in electing the “widows” of the carnaval. And based on experience of what carnaval widows are usually like, we can be reasonably certain that none of them were actually born female, however they are dressed.

After that, in the Plaza de la Libertad, there will be dancing to a disco.

Photo: By Mataparda

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Puerto de la Cruz High Heels Obstacle Race

While I’m sure my friends on the spot in Puerto de la Cruz will be going along to this event on Friday, I just couldn’t help comment on it ... It’s clear to see why this would be one of the *unique highlights* of Puerto’s carnival and certainly lots of fun. This year is the 17th edition of the Mascarita Ponte el Tacón and, also this year has a new course. And it’s no short course either. Along that route too, are sections with multiple steps and slopes and loads of cobble stones. It’s bad enough in flat shoes!

The race is open to anyone (generally male), provided they can pass the test at inscription, which requires that their platform or heel measure more than 15 centimetres. In old money, that’s 5.9 inches, coincidentally (or maybe not) exactly the same length as the average adult erect penis, according to a study conducted by LifeStyles Condoms.

So, you have a bunch of blokes (with or without average appendages), wearing the equivalent of pole dancer shoes, hobbling around an obstacle course, in fancy dress and almost certainly aided (or hindered) by copious amounts of alcohol.

Why on earth would you want to miss that?

Friday, March 11th. Starts at 10 p.m. in the Plaza del Charco.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnaval 2011

Get ready to party

The main events of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2011:
  • Friday, March 4th: Santa Cruz Carnaval takes to the streets, with the Cabalgata Anunciadora (Opening Parade) from 7 p.m., followed by a firework display.
  • Saturday, March 5th: Ministry of Sound at Tenerife Carnaval. 11 p.m. – 6 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 8th: (Carnaval Tuesday): The Coso Apoteosis (Main Parade) along the front at Santa Cruz (Avenidas de Francisco La Roche and Marítima), from around 4 p.m. 
  • Ash Wednesday, March 9th: Burial of the Sardine. Where it’s essential for men to dress up as "Widows" to mourn the poor old defunct sardine and generally have a blasphemous night of it. The funeral procession is along the following streets; Juan Pablo II, Méndez Núñez, Pilar, Villalba Hervás, La Marina ending in the Avenida Francisco La Roche. The sardine is then cremated, followed by yet another firework display.
  • Saturday, March 12th: Carnaval de Día (Daytime Carnaval) is a new phenomenon to Santa Cruz in recent years, featuring live music and dancing around the city’s squares; Plaza de la Candelaria, Plaza del Príncipe, Plaza de Europa & Plaza Weyler, plus an ear-splittingly noisy tracas/mascletas of firework explosions, in the style of the Fallas de Valencia. The Coso Infantil (Junior Parade) takes place at 6 p.m., with the route as follows: Francisco La Roche, Avenida Marítima ending in Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena.
  • Sunday, March 13th: Sunday morning, 10 a.m. begins an exhibition of Automóviles Antiguos, which is when some beautiful classic cars gather at the Parque García Sanabria to parade around the city from mid-day.
Those are the main events that you could be interested in seeing. After those you still have all the fun of the fair to be had, dancing to a wide variety of orchestras and sound systems in the streets, a veritable mountain of street food to enjoy, after parties and much more.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnaval Queen 2011

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2011 Naomi Cabrera Pulido

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2011, is Naomi Cabrera Pulido, with a costume entitled, "Cien años de historia" (One Hundred Years of History), designed by Leo Martínez and representing newspaper El Día, who win for the 3rd consecutive year.

Her court is made up as follows: 

  • 1st Lady of Honor: Fabiana Vera Martínez, with "Cabaret" designed by Santi Castro, representing the Metropolitan of Tenerife (Tram).
  • 2nd Lady of Honor: Sonia Hernández Fumero, with the fantasy "Freyja", designed by Saliarca Creativos, representing the Meridiano Shopping Center.
  • 3rd Lady of Honor: Carmen Idaira González Díaz with "Felicidad" (Happiness), by Juan Carlos Armas, representing Redetel Telefonía S.A.
  • 4th Lady of Honor: Naomi Cordobez Hernández, with the fantasy "Canaima" designed by Juan Carlos Armas, in representation of Floristería Tin.



Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2011 Naomi Cabrera Pulido
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