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Friday, January 12, 2018

Inauguration of Carnival 2018 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Saida Prieto in 2013

Friday, 12 January 2018 sees the Inauguration of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife with a gala that presents all of the candidates for the carnival queens. Last year a total of 47 aspiring carnival royalty registered to take part in the various contests; 16 for the adult carnival queen, 20 for the junior and 11 for the senior - 13 more than the previous year.

As was announced back in November,

"The big news for Carnaval 2018 is that Saida Prieto, the carnival queen candidate horrendously burnt when her fantasia (carnival dress) caught fire back in 2013, will try again to be Carnival Queen. She will be representing the newspaper Diario de Avisos, and says that she hopes to recover her dream as well as she has recovered her health. I imagine that she will carry the goodwill and hopes of the whole of Tenerife with her, and I can’t imagine what it would take for this enormously brave woman now not to be Reina of Carnaval 2018!"



Inauguración Carnaval Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or recordings may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel.

Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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