Friday, March 04, 2011

Your Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnaval Schedule 2011

  • Carnaval tenerife 2011Friday, 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. Terminates in a great firework display at around 9.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 "spectator sport" events that I believe you could be interested in seeing as a casual visitor. 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.


Fluent in Spanish and having spent 16 years on the island, Pamela Stocks has now been translating, researching and publishing information on customs and events in Tenerife for 25+ years. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, for which she receives no payment whatsoever. If you find this work useful or interesting, please buy her a coffee. Buy Pamela Stocks a Coffee

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