The Los Cristianos (Arona) Carnaval is notoriously difficult to pin down. Last year, confirmation of the dates came just 2 days before it began, however, on getting an email from a reader today, I thought I'd check with the town hall anyway, expecting nothing and nearly fainted when I discovered a timetable for their fiestas for the entire year!
Los Cristianos Carnaval events run from the 4th to 14th of March 2016.
This is the longest gap, in relation to the "proper" carnaval date (Shrove Tuesday) that it has ever been there. Los Cristianos' main parade mostly used to take place 12 days after Shrove Tuesday, then it nudged up to 19 days and sometimes 26. This year the event is 33 days after Shrove Tuesday and therefore takes place only two weeks before Easter and only a week before the start of Holy Week, which seems very weird indeed when you consider that carnaval was originally supposed to end before lent begins.
No doubt they have their reasons, but I do wish Arona would stick to a regular, predictable schedule like all the other carnivals in other municipalities, most importantly so that visitors could plan ahead. Is Arona completely oblivious to visitors at carnaval events, or could they care less as enough of them "just happen" to be there are the right time?
They still don't give any further details of the program, but (crossing fingers) that it will otherwise follow the usual pattern that will mean the main parade (beginning alongside the Arona Gran Hotel) will take place on Sunday, 13th March, 2016 from 4pm.
Their Burial of the Sardine should take place on the final day, Monday, 14th March.
UPDATE: Los Cristianos International Carnival Programme 2016
Image: ©DANIEL L. CETRULO for Ayuntamiento de Arona (Arona Town Hall)