Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival Main Parade

We've reached Carnival Tuesday - Shrove Tuesday - the big day of carnival in Santa Cruz with the Coso Apoteosis (Main Parade) starting in the Avenida Anaga alongside the sea-front in the city from 4pm. There will be thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of spectators. Here are just 3 hours of the parade from last year.

Coso apoteosis Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2016

Monday, February 27, 2017

Los Indianos in Santa Cruz de la Palma

For the biggest event of Carnival Monday, to hop over the the island of La Palma for Los Indianos probably the Canary Island's oldest and biggest White Party, where not only are white clothes the order of the day, but literally tons of talcum powder are thrown.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Rondallas Contest in Santa Cruz 2017

Another species of carnival group in Santa Cruz de Tenerife are the rondallas. Originally, a rondalla is an ensemble of stringed instruments played with the plectrum or pick and generally known as plectrum instruments. It originated in Medieval Spain, especially in Catalonia, Aragon, Murcia, and Valencia. The tradition was later taken to Spanish America and elsewhere. The word rondalla is from the Spanish ronda, meaning "serenade."

Here is coverage of the Rondallas Contest this year in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Certamen Rondallas S/C Tenerife 2017

Daytime Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

One of the biggest events of carnival in recent years has been the Carnaval de Día (Daytime Carnival), which this year, once more is taking place on two dates: today, Sunday 26th February and again on Saturday, 4th March. Here's a sampling from last year when more than 200,000 people congregated in the streets of Santa Cruz for the event.

Carnaval de Día | S/C Tenerife 2016

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Santa Cruz Comparsas Contest 2017

A comparsa is a group of singers, musicians and dancers that take part in carnivals and other festivities in Spain and Latin America. Its precise meaning depends on the specific regional celebration. In the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, comparsas are similar to Brazilian carnival blocks. As well as the queens, these are what most of us picture when we think of carnival in Tenerife. Here's coverage from this year's Comparsas Contest. 

Concurso Comparsas S/C Tenerife 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Carnaval Opening Parade in Santa Cruz

With all the contests over on Wednesday and a day to draw breath, Santa Cruz carnival finally takes to the streets tonight with the opening parade, which takes place from approximately 8pm. Starting from the Plaza de la República Dominicana the parade will pass through the Avenida de la Asunción, Ramón y Cajal, Galcerán, Plaza Weyler, Méndez Núñez, Pilar, Villalba Hervás, La Marina and ending up in the Avenida Francisco La Roche.

Cabalgata anunciadora Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2016

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Carnival Musical Groups Contest 2017

Yet another flavour of carnival component are the Agrupaciones Musicales (musical groups). Here is coverage from their contest this year.

Concurso Agrupaciones Musicales | S/C Tenerife 2017

Carnival Queen Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017

Judit López García Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017

Judit López García was crowned Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017 at last night's gala. Her costume entitled 'Madame Soleil' (Madam Sun), was designed by Jorge González Santana and is in representation of the bottled water company, Fuentealta.

Completing here court were:

Carnival Queen in Puerto de la Cruz

With all the carnival queens selected in Santa Cruz, it's now the turn of Puerto de la Cruz, who hold their gala on the Thursday in the run up to carnival. Here's how they did it a couple of years ago.

Gala Elección Reina Adulta del Carnaval de Puerto de la Cruz 2015

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dorada Beer Carnival Ad 2017

Infinitely better than the official song is the annual beer advertising spot from "offical beer of Santa Cruz carnival", Cerveza Dorada. You'll figure it out without any translation, I'm sure.

¡Carnaval a la vista! - Cerveza Dorada 2017

Junior Carnival Queen Santa Cruz 2017

Tomorrow night sees the climax in Santa Cruz of all the numerous the carnival contests - the gala for the selection of the adult carnival queen - however, this year's junior carnival queen has already been chosen. Here's a recording of the gala.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Santa Cruz Senior Carnival Queen 2017

On Wednesday, Santa Cruz selects their adult Carnival Queen, but they already have a senior queen. Here's coverage of this years gala for the more mature end of the market.

Gala Reina de los mayores S/C Tenerife 2017

Santa Cruz Official Carnival Song 2017

Every year Santa Cruz has it's very own "Offical Carnival Song". This is this year's. It's hard to tell them apart from Eurovision entries to be honest, but with more mentions of carnival.

Canción oficial Carnaval | Televisión Canaria 2017

Final of the Murga Contests Santa Cruz 2017

By the end of this week the contests will be over and Santa Cruz carnival will take to the streets. Meanwhile there have been a huge number of contests to choose, basically, the running order of the various groups in the carnival processions. The murga groups are a bit of an acquired taste, I feel and one I never managed to acquire in 16 years on the island. However, I appreciate that they are probably more popular and venerated than religion. Maybe even as important as football. So, here for your veiwing pleasure is the recording of the final of the murga contest 2017. All five and three quarter hours of it. If you manage to watch it right through, you probably qualify as an honorary canarian!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Los Cristianos Carnival Program 2017

Probably THE most awaited information of the entire year, Arona town hall's Department of Fiestas and the Tourist Board have provided us with a program for Los Cristianos Carnival in advance. This doesn't often happen! They do add the note that this programming may be subject to change. Los Cristianos Carnaval takes place from 17th to the 27th March 2017 and this year's theme is Las Vegas. The main events are as follows:

  • Friday, 17th March 2017 - 9pm - Presentation of the candidates for infant and adult carnival queens in the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.
  • Saturday, 18th March 2017 - 12 midday - Exhibition of photos of Arona Carnival in the Los Cristianos Cultural Center. 4pm - Wig Party, Fiesta del Pelucón 2017 at the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos. 7pm - Carnival Opening Parade in Los Cristianos
  • Sunday, 19th March 2017 - 12 midday - Carnival Concert by the Arona Town Band in the Plaza de la Pescadera, Los Cristianos. 5pm - Pasacalles de Carnaval 2017 - Street Parade in Los Cristianos. 6pm - Meeting of the Murga groups at the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.
  • Monday, 20th March 2017 - 7pm - Festival of the coreographed dance troups at the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.
  • Tuesday, 21st March 2017 - 6pm - Carnaval Dance for the senior citizens in the central patio of Los Cristianos Cultural Center. 8pm - Gala for the senior citizens in the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.
  • Wednesday, 22nd March 2017 - 8pm - Gala Election of the Infant Carnaval Queen in the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.
  • Thursday, 23rd March 2017 - 9pm - Gala for the Election of the Carnaval Queen in the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.
  • Friday, 24th March 2017 - 9pm - Drag Queen Gala in the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos.
  • Saturday, 25th March 2017 - From 11am - Carnaval de Día 2017 - Daytime carnival musical events in the streets and plazas of Los Cristianos. 5pm - Costume contest in the Plaza de la Pescadora, Los Cristianos
  • Sunday, 26th March 2017 - 11am - Exhibition of Classic and Vintage Cars in the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center and around Los Cristianos. 12 midday - Pets Costume Contest in the Carnival Enclosure in front of the Valdés Center in Los Cristianos. 4pm - Gran Coso Apoteósico - Carnaval Main Parade in Los Cristianos (if this follows the usual route, starts along by the Arona Gran Hotel.)
  • Monday, 27th March 2017 9pm - Burial of the Sardine. Just says in Los Cristianos. Follow the crowds.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Puerto de la Cruz' Summer Carnival 2016

Mascarita Ponte Tacón (Men's High Heels Marathon)

With Carnaval 2017 now only around a week away, you may enjoy some images and video from the parades and the Mascarita Ponte Tacón (Men's High Heels Marathon) of the Summer Carnival in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife in September 2016.

The aim of the event was to provide a taster to tourists and other visitors of what they will see more of if they come to the carnival proper this February. In that, even the weather obliged as it was dull and cloudy throughout much of the three days!

One thing that was very un-typical of carnival in Tenerife was that none of the visitors seemed to have got the memo about dressing up. We did, because I'm used to Carnival proper, where you would definately feel really awkwardly out of place if you did NOT dress up ... only to be virtually the only two spectators (certainly tourists) in costume!

Senior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz 2017

Juana María Dorta Martín is elected Senior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz 2017

Juana María Dorta Martín was elected Senior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz 2017, during the Gala in which 11 candidates took part. With a costume entitled, "Carina", the work of Borja Abreu, the winner represents Ferretería Las Chafiras and Doña Complementos.

The court of honor was completed with Montserrat Ramos González, with the fantasy ‘The age of glory’, designed by Antonio Santos and representing Bravo Espectáculos; and Rosa Dolores Hernández Estévez, with the fantasy ‘Carnival, catch my dream’, designed by Cristian Manuel Santana and representing Commerce and Restoration of Güímar, Tic Tac Talleres, Pirotécnica La Candelaria and Bazar Fátima.

Juana María Dorta es elegida Reina de los Mayores

Gala Reina de los mayores S/C Tenerife 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Junior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz 2017

Amaia Hernández Perdomo, Junior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017

Amaia Hernández Perdomo was elected Junior Queen of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2017. Her costume, entitled Contigo aprendí (With you I learned) and designed by Eduardo Martín Quintero, represents Club Rikc & Rock Alcampo La Laguna.

The six maids of honour who make up her court are, in this order, Aitana Martín Hernández, with the costume entitled “Adamantos”; Africa Guibert Santiesteban, with the costume entitled Siempre habrá un mañana (There will always be a tomorrow); Iztiar Suárez Alonso, with Llevame a Palacio (Take me to the palace); Gisela Medina Rodríguez, with Cuando se abre el telón, comienza la función (When the curtain opens, the show begins); María González García, with Marie est l’amour (Marie is love) and Patricia Delgado Garrido, with the fantasy ¿Probamos suerte? (Shall we try our luck?)

There were 20 contestants and the performance of all the choreographic groups, troupes and children's costumes, gave shape to a lively and fun show for the whole family.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Tenerife Fiestas in February 2017

Virgen de la Candelaria

February 2nd is an island-wide public holiday in honour of the spiritual patron of the Canary Islands: the Virgen de la Candelaria. The Fiesta de La Candelaria is held every February 2nd, coinciding with the celebration of Candlemass - the Presentation of the Lord and the ritual purification of the Virgin Mary. In the town of Candelaria, where the figure of the Virgin resides, there is a program of religious events lasting several days. 

Arafo, Arona, Arico, Candelaria, El Rosario, El Sauzal, Fasnia, Granadilla, Icod de los Vinos, La Matanza de Acentejo, La Laguna, San Miguel, Santa Cruz, Santa Ursula and Tacoronte will all be taking Carnival Tuesday (February 28th this year) off as a municipal public holiday. Yes, the main parts of Carnival are starting this month.

Photo: By Wesisnay (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons