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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Traditional Fiestas in Santiago del Teide

Church in Santiago del Teide


  • Carnival in Los Gigantes: February / March
  • Semana Santa: Representation of The Passion of Christ on Good Friday in Valle Santiago
  • Fiesta del Santísimo Cristo: 1st week of May in Valle de Arriba
  • Romería de San Isidro Labrador:  15 May
  • San Lorenzo: 13 June in Retamar
  • San Pedro y San Pablo: Last week of June
  • Nuestra Señora del Carmen: July in Puerto Santiago
  • Fiestas de Santiago Apóstol: 2nd half of July
  • Fiesta de Santa Ana: 26 July in Tamaimo
  • Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria: 15 August in Arguayo
  • Santa Rosa de Lima y La Purisima: End of August in Molledo
  • San Joaquín y La Paz: End of September in Tamaimo
  • Nuestra Señora del Pilar: 12 October in Las Manchas
  • Romería de Chineyro: November in Las Manchas

On the third Sunday of November each year, parishioners carry the religious image of Santa Ana from Tamaimo, accompanied by other images from different neighborhoods of the municipality, as was done in 1909 - the year of the eruption of the Chineyro volcano - to the area of ​​El Calvario in Las Manchas. According to legend, the lava stopped - saving the town from certain destruction - after the image of Santa Ana was laid upon the lava flow. Since then, every year the images are taken to the place where the lava stopped.

Photo By Florival fr (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons


The Weather in Santiago del Teide, Tenerife



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Friday, February 23, 2018

The Original Wailers and UB40 in Santa Cruz



If you like reggae, here are two exciting dates for your diary in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The Original Wailers

Firstly, The Original Wailers, which includes original members who toured with Bob Marley back in the day (here's where I gloat and mention that I was at that famous Live at the Lyceum concert in London, in 1975) on Saturday, 10th March 2018 at the Ocean Club, Av la Constitución, 43, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Tickets from Ticketbell.com

UB40

Secondly, UB40 ft. Ali Campbell, Mickey Virtue and Astro on Saturday, 14th April 2018 at the Pabellón Insular de Tenerife Santiago Martín in Santa Cruz. Above is how they sounded last year at Taunton Racecourse in Somerset. You will not be disappointed. Tickets available from TomaTicket and Ticketbell

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Carnival in Los Gigantes and Granadilla



Los Gigantes Carnival 2018


Carnival in Los Gigantes 2018 begins tonight with their Gala for the election of the Carnival Queen, with their Grand Carnival Parade on Sunday, 25th February at 5pm.

Events had to be suspended due to bad weather, see here for revised programme


Granadilla de Abona Carnival 2018

Meanwhile, in Granadilla de Abona, their Manga-themed carnival reaches its climax this weekend with highlights being the Main Parade at 5pm on Saturday, 24th February in the centre of the town of Granadilla along the Avenida Mencey de Abona to the Carpa Los Hinojeros, where later there will be dancing to the orchestras, Deliciosa and Acapulco.

Then on Sunday, 25th February, beginning at 11am are the Daytime Carnival events taking place in the Plaza de El Médano, with a long list of artists headlined by Puerto Rican singer, Edwin Rivera.

Programa de Actos del Carnaval 2018




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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Traditional Fiestas in Santa Úrsula

Santa Úrsula

It may not be a long list of fiestas as in some municipalities, but more than fifty events formed the fiestas for the district's patron, Santa Úrsula Mártir, in October. Santa Úrsula also celebrates these fiestas in honour of Nuestra Señora del Rosario.


The Weather in Santa Úrsula, Tenerife



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Monday, February 19, 2018

Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2018 Closes on a Massive High

Daytime carnival crowd in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Image Santa Cruz Town Hall)

With an estimated crowd of 200,000 people during the Daytime Carnival event of the final weekend of carnival 2018 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the organisers are calling it a record day that serves as a reminder of that famous Guinness record breaking attendance:
In 1987, singer Celia Cruz went to the Carnival Chicharrero with Billo's Caracas Boys; attended by 250,000 people, the concert was registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest gathering of people in an outdoor plaza to attend a concert. [Source]
The Gala for the Selection of the Carnival Queen on Wednesday, 7th February was watched by 4.5 million viewers via the two Spanish and Canarian television channels, more than in previous years. They mention that this number was 'across the country', so that may not include international and online viewers, who must add considerably these days.

During the last night of the fiestas there was another decrease in the activity of the carnival field hospital, where just 88 patients were seen for various reasons, the most frequent being the excessive consumption of alcohol (in 23 cases, 10 of whom were minors). Last year on the equivalent night, 136 people had been treated. The most serious case was a male, found unconscious in the street with head and chest injuries. He was taken to the Hospital de la Candelaria and is in a critical state. The first aid post in the Plaza de España, run by volunteers, attended to 20 people with minor injuries. During the Daytime Carnival, just 55 people required treatment for minor ailments and for the effects of the excessive consumption of alcohol. Seven patients only required hospital treatment or x-rays.

Another nugget of data is that more than a million LED light bulbs had been installed in Santa Cruz as decorative carnival lighting. The Town Hall hopes this will produce savings of €10,000 over the use of traditional bulbs during the course of carnival.

Today, Monday, 19th February, the clean up operation began in the streets and squares of Tenerife's capital, where council workers had already collected 241 tons of rubbish in the second third of carnival and used 1.6 million litres of treated water and 2,160 litres of cleaning products.

Meanwhile, in Puerto de la Cruz, some 30,000 spectators had turned up to watch 441 blokes in drag sprain their ankles in the annual Mascarita Ponte Tacón on Friday night and another 25,000 turned out to watch the climax of their carnival, the Main Carnival parade, which had started at 6pm this year, two hours later than is customary to allow groups to prepare.

The clean up begins (Image Santa Cruz Town Hall)

At a press conference this week in Santa Cruz, some more data has been released about the carnival that just closed in the city, which they are calling a record carnival with more participation and less incidents. Here's a quick list of what we discovered:
  • More that a million people attended carnival in the streets of Santa Cruz
  • 100,000 people took part in the various contests and parades
  • There was a 14% increase in demand for the 600,000 public transport services 
  • 528 tons of rubbish were collected during the 10 days
  • There were less incidents at the carnival campaign hospital - 620 cases, 11% less than 2017
  • 152,000 cruise passengers made a stop in Santa Cruz during carnival and spent a total of seven million euros between them, 15% more than in 2017
  • Hotels registered record occupation reaching 95% at the weekends and 80% during the week
  • On Shrove Tuesday, the day of the main parade, 11,000 tourists arrived in Santa Cruz in 200 coaches, spent 450,000 euros and bought all 1,600 seats in the stands. (Reports are one tour operator wants all of them in 2019.)
  • Business sponsorship increased almost 100% to reach 600,000 Euros
  • 12 million people visited the Santa Cruz carnival website
  • Almost 11 million people followed carnival on Facebook
  • Seats sold out for the Final of the Murga contests, the Carnival Queen Gala and other contests
  • 50 million viewers watched something of the carnival on televison
Indeed, a fantastic result. Can't wait for 2019!

Carnaval récord en Santa Cruz: más participación, menos incidencias

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Provisional Program for Santa Cruz Carnival 2019

Carnival mask

Courtessy of newspaper La Opinión de Tenerife, we can already bring you this Programa provisional del Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019. This does not yet appear on the official carnival website, so whilst I'm pretty sure this is what the schedule will look like, some details could change, but it will hopefully give you a good idea for forward planning. Scroll back through the events of Tenerife carnival in 2018 for more details about each of these, but we'll post more details at the appropriate times. Highlighted are the events from Friday, 1 March to Sunday, 10 March 2019 once carnival takes to the streets.

EDIT: The provisional programme is now available via the official carnival website, as a PDF download (in Spanish) and does agree with the listings below.

EDIT2: You can now download the final Santa Cruz Carnival Program 2019 (PDF), which still agrees with the list below, but adds many more details of times, places, etc.

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Tenerife Carnival Dates for 2019

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2019

As the main carnivals in the north of the island draw to a close for another year and before it moves off to the south, here are the expected dates for Tenerife carnival in 2019.

Santa Cruz

After the inauguration on 1 February 2019 and the numerous contests to choose the best groups and all of the queens, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2019 will take to the streets again from Friday, 1 March to Sunday, 10 March 2019.

  • Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 - Election of the Carnaval Queen
  • Friday, March 1st, 2019 - Carnaval Opening Parade
  • Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 - Main Parade
  • Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 - Burial of the Sardine
  • Saturday, March 9th, 2019 - Daytime Carnaval
  • Sunday, March 10th, 2019 - Parade of Vintage Cars

Voting closed on 14 February 2018 to choose the theme of Santa Cruz Carnival 2019, but the announcement of the winner hasn't yet been made. It will be one of the following options; 'The African Savanna', 'The Old West', 'Modern Japan (Manga)', 'Hell', 'Exotic Thailand', 'The flirty 50's', 'New York, the city that never sleeps' or 'The Deep Sea'.





Puerto de la Cruz 

The International Carnival of Puerto de la Cruz in 2019, will take place between Saturday, 16 February and Sunday, 10 March 2019, with the main events expected to be:
  • Thursday, February 28th, 2019 - Election of the Carnival Queen
  • Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 - Proclamatory Parade
  • Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 - Burial of the Sardine
  • Friday, March 8th, 2019 - Men's Marathon in High Heels
  • Saturday, March 9th, 2019 - Main Parade
In Puerto de la Cruz the popular vote has chosen 'Space' as the theme for carnival in 2019.

    Los Gigantes

    The start of carnival in Los Gigantes is usually on the Friday ten days after Shrove Tuesday. Therefore, using the any year schedule for Los Gigantes carnival, we calculate that their carnival should start on Friday, 15th March 2019, with their main parade being held on Sunday, 17th March 2019, but will update when we get any further information. 

    UPDATE 16/01/19: The dates of Los Gigantes Carnival 2019 have today been confirmed as being from 15th to 23rd March 2019. Details of the programme to follow.

     Los Cristianos 

    As ever, we won't even guess when Carnaval Arona - probably better known as Los Cristianos Carnival - will be held in 2019. We will update if or when any information becomes available from the authorities in Arona.

    UPDATE: Arona Town Hall has listed the dates for carnival in Los Cristianos as being from 21 March to 1 April, with the Main Parade taking place on Sunday 31 March 2019.
    • Saturday 23 March 2019 - Opening Parade (Cabalgata anunciadora) in Playa de Las Américas 
    • Thursday 28 March 2019 - Election of the Carnaval Queen (Gala de Elección de la Reina
    • Friday 29 March 2019 - Drag Queen Gala (Gala Drag
    • Saturday 30 March 2019 - Daytime Carnival (Carnaval de día)
    • Sunday 31 March 2019 - Carnival Main Parade in Los Cristianos (Coso Apoteósico)
    • Monday 1 April 2019 - Burial of the Sardine (Entierro de la Sardina) 

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    Sunday, February 18, 2018

    Parade of vintage and classic cars in Santa Cruz de Tenerife



    The final day of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Domingo de Piñata (this year Sunday, 18 February) is when vintage cars - and in recent years classic cars too - meet at the Parque García Sanabria from 10am, before parading around the streets of the city from midday.

    The carnival concludes in the evening with a fireworks display.

    Coches antiguos Carnaval Santa Cruz

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    Saturday, February 17, 2018

    Daytime Carnival in Santa Cruz and the Main Parade in Puerto de la Cruz



    So we come to the final - the Piñata weekend - of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where on Satuday, 17 February this year, the second of the Daytime Carnival events takes place. Here's a little flavour of that from last year.

    Meanwhile, Puerto de la Cruz carnival Main Parade takes place in the afternoon.

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    Friday, February 16, 2018

    Children's Carnival Parade and Festival of Prizewinners

    Kid's parade of Santa Cruz Carnival 1994

    On Friday, 16th February 2018, the Coso Infantil (Kid's Parade) of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife will be departing from the Parque García Sanabria at 6pm. This has been moved in recent years to avoid conflicting with the Carnaval de Día, so that children can enjoy both.

    Running straight on from this, starting at 8pm, in the Plaza de la Candelaria, is the Festival de los Galardonados (Festival of Prizewinners). This event was recouperated last year after a 13 year absense and gathers together all of the winners of the various carnival contests.

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    Men's High Heels Obstacle Race in Puerto de la Cruz



    The not-to-be-missed event of carnival in Puerto de la Cruz has to be the Mascarita Ponte Tacon, known as the Men's High Heels Obstacle Race, which this year is scheduled for Friday, 16 February. Here is some video from the event in 2017. There are images in there that just cannot be unseen and I don't see why it should only be my retina burnt! :)

    Mascarita Ponte Tacon ( Men`s high heel obstacle race) Tenerife

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    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    The Miracle in La Laguna of Sister María de Jesús

    The incorrupted body of Sor María de Jesús

    On 15th February each year, the anniversary of her death, the incorrupted body of Sor María de Jesús (Sister Mary of Jesus de León y Delgado) (1643 - 1731), popularly known as La Siervita, is put on display. The doors of the Santa Catalina convent in La Laguna are opened (from 5am) as the faithful and curious queue around the block for the chance to view.

    Image By CanaryIslands [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    Funerals for the unfortunate sardines in Tenerife

    Mourners at the Burial of the Sardine

    Tonight, Ash Wednesday, 14 February, the blasphemous and irreverent funerals of two unfortunate sardines in take place Santa Cruz de Tenerife and in Puerto de la Cruz.

    It's tradition. It used to signify the end of carnival and the beginning of lent.

    It's called the Burial of the Sardine (even though it's cremated) and is where wailing widows (blokes in drag) mourn the end of carnival, even though it still carries on for days.

    Why? Well, as ever various stories exist, but the sardine connection is probably what you are going to be eating a lot of when you give up meat during the Lenten fast. Probably. It's also seen as a return to "everyday" frugal things after the undeniable excesses of carnival.

    The wailing widows are dressed like tarts, because now they've lost their husband (the sardine), the poor things have no other means of support, so they'll have to go "on the game". And for some reason the "clergy", bless the funeral goers with dildos.

    Does it even have to make sense? It's one of carnival's biggest party nights.

    In Santa Cruz, the the funeral procession leaves from the Calle Juan Pablo II at around 9 pm, taking a route through Méndez Núñez, Pilar, Villalba Hervás, La Marina and ending up in the Plaza de España, with the burning of the sardine in the Avenida Marítima.



    Funeral Of The Sardine from Brasero Project on Vimeo.

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    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    Shrove Tuesday Carnival Main Parade in Santa Cruz de Tenerife



    And so we reach the main event of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife the Coso Apoteosis (Main Parade), which takes place every year on Shrove Tuesday and begins this afternoon, Tuesday, 13 February, at 4pm in the Avenidas de Francisco La Roche and Marítima.

    Here's a look at last year's: Coso Carnaval | S/C 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.

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    Carnival Floats in Santa Cruz de Tenerife



    Another component of the main carnival parade on Tuesday, 13 February are the floats.

    Concurso Coches Engalanados en Santa Cruz (Carnaval 2017)

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    Vintage cars on Carnival Tuesday in La Orotava



    If Santa Cruz Carnival is too big and intimidating for you, La Orotava carnival might be a good alternative, where, as well as the carnival parade, they also have a parade of vintage cars on Carnival Tuesday, so there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

    Coches Antiguos 2017

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    Monday, February 12, 2018

    "Operation Snows" and free busses provide access to Mount Teide

    Teide with snow (archive image).

    Tomorrow, Tuesday, 13 February the Tenerife Island Corporation is activating "Operation Snows" between 8am and 6pm to guarantee visitors safe access to the Teide National Park after the snows that have fallen over recent weeks. The decision is subject to change, depending on the number of vehicles and the meteorological conditions.

    Access via the TF-24 will only be by a free bus service being provided by TITSA, leaving from the centre of La Esperanza. Visitors can drive to La Esperanza, where 15 buses will operate, taking passengers to Izaña, Portillo Bajo and Portillo Alto, where the snows can be found. The first bus will leave at 9:30am with the last bus from Portillo Alto at 4:30pm.

    Vehicles will be allowed access in both directions on the TF-38 from Chío and the TF-21 from Vilaflor, as far as the cable car station and will have to return back via the south, as access via the TF-21 - La Orotava and  TF-24 - La Esperanza will not be permitted.

    El Cabildo activa el operativo ‘Nevadas’ y pone guaguas gratis

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    Daytime Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife Draws 180,000 People



    The first Daytime Carnival of 2018, held yesterday, Sunday 11 February, drew a crowd of 180,000 people, according to municipal sources. The streets began to fill with tens of thousands of people from lunch time onwards to see the various performances at the four stages set up by the organisers. While the Parque Bulevar hosted kids' activities, the Plaza del Príncipe was predominently Canarian groups, the Plaza de la Candelaria national and international artists and the Avenida Francisco La Roche filled with electronic music from various DJs. The next Daytime Carnival is on Saturday, 17 February.

    Carnaval de día Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Domingo 11 de Febero 2018

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    On the Disqualification of Carnival Queen Candidate Saida Prieto



    Regular readers will recall that it was with some fanfare that it was announced that Saida Prieto, the carnival queen candidate who was horrendously burnt when her costume caught fire back in 2013, would be presenting again as a candidate for carnival queen this year.

    This she did, representing the newspapers Diario de Avisos and EL ESPAÑOL, in a costume designed by Santi Castro, aptly entitled “Mi sueño, una realidad” (My dream, a reality).

    Given the circumstances, there were possibly many who could not imagine her not winning, but Saida's name was not amongst the winners at this year's gala. To be honest, it was probably always going to be a case of "damned if you do, damned if you don't", with claims that the result had somehow been fixed either way, however, we now learn that Saida was actually disqualified for having gone over her alloted time during the gala. 

    There's more controversy, as both Saida herself and Santi Castro claim that they were not directly informed of the disqualification and only found out themselves via the press.

    In an interview, Saida does admit that she went the wrong way after leaving the turntable. It certainly looks like she is having difficulty manoevering the costume, which weighed over 200 kilos (according to EL ESPAÑOL) and 400 kilos (according to Saida).

    Saida is quoted as saying, "I've fought, I've got my life back, but for some this is not enough; Santa Cruz town hall has tried to humiliate me." It would be sad for the story to end in this way, but perhaps instead, as has already been commented, Saida was "Undoubtedly the QUEEN of the night and an example of overcoming." She was already a winner.

    Saida Prieto Hernández | Gala de elección de la Reina | SC de Tenerife 2018

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    Carnival Monday in Santa Cruz de Tenerife



    Carnival Monday in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is well known as a big party night, not least because the follwing day, Carnival Tuesday, is a public holiday in many municipalities. This year, the celebrations on Monday, 12 February include concerts by Puerto Rican salsa and merengue singer, Edwin Rivera and Columbian singer songwriter Sebastián Yatra.

    Sebastián Yatra y Edwin Rivera, el lunes en el Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2018

    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.

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    All events are liable to change beyond our control.

    Los Indianos in Santa Cruz de la Palma



    The craziest event of Carnival Monday in the Canary Islands - this year on Monday, February 12th - takes place on the neighbouring island of La Palma with Los Indianos, in Santa Cruz de La Palma. Cuban rhythms, dressing in white and tons (literally) of talcum powder are the order of the day, as you'll see in this video of the television coverage of the event last year.

    The fiesta of Los Indianos, in which everyone dresses in white - men preferably in the guayaberas (a.k.a. Beach wedding shirts) traditionally associated with Cuba, carrying their luggage - better yet if it is typical of the period; leather suitcases and trunks, maybe filled with Monopoly money - started off to poke fun at the emigrants returning from Cuba.

    At the start of the 20th Century, around seven ships a month left La Palma for La Habana (Havana). The emigrants they carried, having "made their fortune", arrived back home in La Palma ostentatiously showing off their wealth and finery.

    These fiestas, to the rhythm of Son Cubano, also enact a talcum powder battle in the city's streets. First mentioned in writing in 1867, by José Viera y Clavijo as "los polvos" (the powders), though the tradition itself is older than that. We have no idea why.

    Indianos 2017 en directo desde Santa Cruz de La Palma

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    Sunday, February 11, 2018

    Saturday Night at Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    Carnaval 2017 Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    On the second night of carnival in the street, the First Aid post in Santa Cruz de Tenerife attended 114 people, 99 adults and 15 minors, according to the city corporation, 54% for excessive consumption of alcohol. This number is twenty percent lower than last year.

    Only 10 people needed to be transfered to hospitals for specialist tests or treatment, five for falls. Nine cases of agression were catalogued, none of any seriousness.

    Contrast that with the situation in A&E on a Saturday night in any UK city.

    Atendidas 114 personas en el hospital del carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    Photo by Jose Mesa Some rights reserved 

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    Snow in the Parque Nacional del Teide February 2018



    While the weather has been messing with the carnival programme and caused the accesses to Mount Teide to have been closed, snow on the mountains of Tenerife makes for some very lovely scenery, as can be seen in this video filmed around the Izaña area of the National Park at and altitude of approximately 2,300 meters on 3 February 2018 and this video that was published on 2 February 2018 that flys up to the peak of Teide offering spectacular views.

    Nevada en el Parque Nacional del Teide - Febrero 2018

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    Daytime Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife



    Sunday, 11 February is the first of this year's Daytime Carnival days in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The huge variety of events take place all around the city from 1pm.

    Carnaval de día | S/C Tenerife 2017

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    Saturday, February 10, 2018

    Full and final carnival programme for Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival Programme 2018

    You can download a 44 page PDF programme of all of the events of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2018 from the official carnival website. This programme includes not only the parades, but many side events, such as kids activities, as well as the times and line-ups of the various artists, DJs, etc., playing the various stages throughout the city either during the night time carnival or the daytime carnival days. In Spanish, but it should be easy to follow.


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    Weather disrupts carnival celebrations in Tenerife

    Weather vane in Tenerife

    Locals know that it always rains at some point during carnival week in Santa Cruz, but it's not often that the weather really messes with the timetable. Last night's Opening Parade in Santa Cruz was very slightly delayed in starting and not all of the carnival queens with their huge costumes joined the parade - newspaper Diario de Avisos describe this parade as "decaffeinated" - because the forecast gusts of wind were double the speed thought safe for them to do so, according to the 'elf and safety guidelines. (They have guidelines!)

    The cold is also mentioned as one of the "adverse" meteorological conditions that affected the parade last night. Yeah, about 16C of cold. We are still laughing like drains.

    On the plus side, the parade did go ahead and still drew a crowd of 78,000 people, it is reported and the same source informed us that during the first night of carnival only one person was detained and just 57 people were seen by the carnival first aid post.

    You can see coverage of last night's opening parade here.

    Also owing to heavy wind and rain in Tenerife, the Gala for the Election of the Carnival Queen in Puerto de la Cruz, that had been scheduled for Thursday evening, had to be posponed. It is now programmed to take place tonight, Saturday, 10 February at 8pm. Further information is available (in Engish) from the Carnaval Internacional del Puerto de la Cruz website.

    Tonight's Rhythm and Harmony Comparsas Contest in Santa Cruz de Tenerife appears, currently, to be expected to be going ahead as planned.

    Rain is nowehere near as wet in Tenerife than it is elsewhere and after the third Cuba Libre, you may even believe me, but if you're going out to party, here's where that ultra cheap costume made from a plastic rubbish sack might just be the the best choice you can make.

    The forecast for Santa Cruz de Tenerife according to state meteorological agency, AEMET, for the next few days is for more rain - 100% probability tonight and 95% probability on Monday being the worst. The wind, however, which could present a greater risk for participants, is forcast at only 20kmph and there are no weather warnings. If the forecast is correct, the rain should clear up too by Tuesday afternoon, just in time for Carnival's Main Parade.

    If we hear of any further adjustments to the schedule, we'll try to communicate them.

    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.

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    All events are liable to change beyond our control.

    Rhythm and Harmony Comparsas Contest in Santa Cruz de Tenerife



    Saturday, 10 February in Santa Cruz de Tenerife the Rhythm and Harmony Comparsas Contest takes place from 9pm in the Avenida de Francisco La Roche, which this year is being televised live and in HD for the first time. As you'll see from this coverage from last year, this is also a procession in which it's possible to get a glimpse of the Carnival Queens.

    Ritmo y Armonía | S/C 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.

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    All events are liable to change beyond our control.

    Friday, February 09, 2018

    International Carnival Los Cristianos, Arona 2018 Programme

    Carnival International in Los Cristianos 2018

    Yay, Arona town hall have today, finally posted details of the programme of events for Carnival in Los Cristianos 2018, which runs from 1st to 12th March.

    Thursday 1 March
    8:30pm Presentation of the candidates for Junior, Senior and Adult Carnival Queens in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos

    Friday 2 March
    7pm Inauguration of the Carnival Exhibition by Laly González and Mercedes Menéndez at the Centro Cultural de Los Cristianos
    9pm Comparsas Contest in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos

    Saturday 3 March

    Midday. Daytime Carnival WIG PARTY with Europa FM in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos
    7pm Zona DJ with varios local DJs in the Plaza del Pescador (outside the Centro Cultural), Los Cristianos
    7:30pm Carnival Opening Parade in Playa de Las Américas, from C.C. Gala, in the avda. Rafael Puig Lluvina, to C.C. Oasis, in the avda. Las Américas.
    10pm Grand Dance with Billos Caracas Boys in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos

    Sunday 4 March

    Midday Carnival Concert with the Arona Town Band in the Plaza del Pescador (outside the Centro Cultural), Los Cristianos
    5pm Carnaval procession with the municipal groups (do they mean musical?) in the Plaza del Pescador (outside the Centro Cultural), Los Cristianos
    6pm Gathering of Tenerife murga groups in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos

    Monday 5 March
    7pm Festival of coreographic groups in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos

    Tuesday 6 March
    9pm Gala Election of the Senior Carnival Queen in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos

    Wednesday 7 March
    7pm Gala Election of the Junior Carnival Queen in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos

    Thursday 8 March
    9pm
    Grand Gala Election of the Carnival Queen in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos

    Friday 9 March
    7pm Senior Citizens' Carnival Dance in the Patio of the Centro Cultural de Los Cristianos.
    9pm Gala Drag Queen of Carnaval in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos, at the end of which will be dancing to the orchestra Deliciosa in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos
    Midnight Zona DJ with various local DJs in the Plaza del Pescador (outside the Centro Cultural), Los Cristianos

    Saturday 10 March
    Daytime Carnival with two stages:
    Midday Various family-oriented performances and workshops in the Plaza del Pescador (outside the Centro Cultural), Los Cristianos. National and international artists perform on the Los 40 Stage in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos
    5pm Carnival Costume Contest in the Plaza del Pescador (outside the Centro Cultural), Los Cristianos.
    8pm VI Ruta playera (fun run) in homage to the biggest carnival songs. From the Plaza del Pescador, via the Paseo Marítimo, Plaza de la Alpispa, c/ Valle Menéndez, c/ Juan Reverón Sierra, c/ Amalia Alayón and back to the Plaza de la Pescadora, Los Cristianos
    10pm Dancing to the orchestras Armonía Show and Wamampy in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos
    11pm Zona DJ with various local DJs in the Plaza del Pescador (outside the Centro Cultural), Los Cristianos

    Sunday 11 March
    11am Exhibition of vintage and classic cars in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos
    Midday Pets' Carnival Costume Contest in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos
    4pm Carnival Main Parade from Paloma Beach apartments, in the Avenida Juan Carlos I, to the Centro Cultural de Los Cristianos, after which, dancing to the orchestras Tropin and The Regueton Band in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos

    Monday 12 March
    9pm Funeral of the Sardine from the Plaza del Pescador (Centro Cultural), to Los Cristianos beach, at the end of which Zona DJ with various local DJs in the Plaza del Pescador (outside the Centro Cultural), Los Cristianos

    The authorities caution that this programme may suffer modifications.

    Carnaval Internacional de Los Cristianos, Arona 2018

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    Los Gigantes Carnival Programme 2018

    Los Gigantes Carnival Programme 2018

    DUE TO BAD WEATHER events were suspended by the organisers and the carnival programme in Los Gigantes had to be revised. Details of the new dates and events.

    Confirmation of the dates of Carnival in Los Gigantes in 2018, which runs from Friday, 23 February to Sunday, 4 March, as you will see from the Carnival Programme above.

    Friday, 23 February
    9pm Grand Gala for the election of the Adult Carnival Queen with performance by Comparsa Los Joroperos and singer, Jadel.  
    11pm Carnival Dance with Orchestra Maquinaria Band.

    Saturday, 24 February
    10:30am Batucadas around the hotel complexes. (Don't expect a long lie-in!)
    11am Junior Cross.
    5:30pm Gala Election of the Junior Carnival Queen with the participation of local coreographic groups and magic show.
    11pm Carnival dance with Orchestras Tropin and Sabrosa, during which the winners of the costume contest will be announced.

    Sunday, 25 February
    5pm Grand Carnival Parade with the participation of all the carnival groups; comparsas, floats with the carnival queens and her maids of honour, etc. Upon the procession's arrival in the square, dancing to the Orchestra Guaracha.

    Monday, 26 February
    Exhibition of carnival costumes in the Plaza Buganvilla in Los Gigantes.

    Tuesday, 27 February
    Exhibition of carnival costumes in the Plaza Buganvilla in Los Gigantes.

    Wednesday, 28 February
    4:30pm Carnival afternoon with bouncy castles, workshops and musical performances for young children.

    Thursday, 1 March
    9:30pm Drag Queen Gala-Exhibition followed by concert by group "Ni Un Pelo de Tontos".

    Friday, 2 March
    7pm Velatorio - a traditional meeting or celebration of the relatives and friends of a deceased person in the hours following his death, and before the burial or cremation of the corpse - for the Sardine with musical performances.
    9pm Burial (actually, it will be a cremation) of the Sardine, followed by a fireworks display.
    Midnight Widows' Ball with Orchestras Arguayo Band and Maraury.

    Saturday, 3 March
    Daytime Carnival in Los Gigantes 2018
    12pm Inauguration of the Daytime Carnival with the batucada.
    12pm - 2pm Kids' activities with bouncy castles and workshops.
    12:30pm Performance by DJ Latino.
    2pm Performance by group Clave de Son.
    2:30pm Virginia Guantanamera with a tribute to Celia Cruz.
    6pm Groupo LD.
    7:30pm Edwin Rivera.
    8:30pm Groupo LD.
    10pm DJ Ray Castellano
    Midnight Finale of Daytime Carnival

    Sunday, 4 March
    8pm Mister Global Spain Gala

    Via: Carnaval Los Gigantes FOTOS JESÚS Ferrer Suárez

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    All events are liable to change beyond our control.

    Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife - The Street Party



    Now that all of the carnival contests and the Opening Parade have taken place, the carnival in the street gets into full swing from the Friday night, this year that means from Friday, 9 February 2018. Here's a short video of the street party in the various streets and squares of the city, beginning with the start of the night - at midnight - in the Plaza Weyler!

    Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife - La fiesta en la calle

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    All events are liable to change beyond our control.

    Carnival Opening Parade in Santa Cruz de Tenerife



    With the carnival queen and her court elected, it is time for the carnival to take to the streets with the Cabalgata Anunciadora or Opening Parade on Friday, 9 February 2018. Headed up by the Afilarmónica Ni Fú Ni Fá, then the Carnival Queen, this parade begins at 8pm in the Plaza de la República Dominicana and moves on through the city via the Avenida de la Asunción, Ramón y Cajal, Galcerán, Plaza de Weyler, Méndez Núñez, El Pilar, Villalba Hervás y La Marina, to terminate in the Avenida Francisco La Roche.

    Cabalgata Anunciadora S/C Tenerife 2017

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    All events are liable to change beyond our control.

    All the fun of the Carnival Fair in Santa Cruz de Tenerife



    In 2017, the carnival funfair in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, located along the Avenida Marítima, opened from the Friday until the Piñata Sunday (in 2018, this is Friday, 9 February to Sunday, 18 February) with a total of 84 attractions for kids, adults, food stalls, etc.

    The habitual opening hours are from 5pm to 10pm (Monday to Friday), while on Saturdays and Sundays, these hours are extended to 11am to midnight. Although, it also says that on the days that coincide with the celebration of the carnival in the street (which I would have thought was all of the above), the installation remains open until the small hours.

    Video: Feria Carnaval Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017
    Photo gallery: Feria del Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017

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    All events are liable to change beyond our control.

    Ten keys to carnival that only Canary Islanders know

    Carnaval 2017 Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    If you come from abroad with the intention of enjoying the best carnival in the world (OK, officially that's supposed to be Brazil, but I would disagree), I'm going to unveil the keys so you can enjoy the carnival nights of Santa Cruz de Tenerife like a local:

    1. Any costume will do, and when I say any I mean any ... you can even wear a rubbish sack if you want! Don't spend a lot of money either, it's not worth it, because that costume will never go back home. It is a proven fact. Yes, okay, there are costumes that last several days (you can always tune them with new adaptations and accessories), others that last one night and even some that last for hours only.
    2. Get lost. This is not advice, it's a fact. We all lose ourselves at carnivals, either because you stop to chat or because the crowd limits your field of vision to 0.5 meters. Everything is possible. Do not panic, just go with the flow.
    3. Strangers become friends. Everyone dances with everyone. And the socializing here takes that to its maximum expression. You will discover that good vibes are amazing!
    4. Try to stop drinking before 03:00 am, remember that the music ends at 06:00, so hang around, dance ... If you manage to get to the Plaza de España before the music is over, it will be a miracle! 
    5. Avoid black holes. You know when you enter but not when you leave ... 
    6. Dance in the rain. In Tenerife it rains very little. In fact, we are in February, with minimum temperatures of around 16 degrees, but locals know that during carnival it always rains. But it doesn't matter. It only means one thing: "tonight it's time to dance in the rain" (or under a tree), let nothing spoil the party!
    7. Cry. Drop on the floor and scream in pain. Dressed as a widow, there is no better way to say farewell the Sardine. The funeral is one of the best carnival parties. (This one is for Ash Wednesday.)
    8. Confess, because you'll get home "hecho un Cristo" (made a Christ) - in a terrible mess, because your makeup only has a few hours of useful life.
    9. Don't be shy when it comes to your needs (and the number of times you 'need' will be directly proportional to the amount of alcohol you've imbibed). Don't look for much cleanliness or intimacy. After the third Arehucas (rum) you won't care anyway! For good (and for bad) there is the law of (almost) anything goes.
    10. Enjoy the long wait to get a taxi. Sometimes the best moments of the night take place here ... I can assure you that there are all sorts of different and unique situations. Only if you have lived it will you know what I am talking about. If you get home after dawn, the party has been legendary. If you want to have breakfast on the way, the chicken sandwiches of Mr. Smile or the market are a Carnival tradition! 
    In short, let yourself go! And one more tip: pace yourself. Carnival in the street is 6 nights of celebrations (that's not counting the daytime carnival!)

    Las 10 claves carnavaleras que sólo los canarios conocen

    Photo: Jose Mesa - Some rights reserved 

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    Thursday, February 08, 2018

    Carnival Queen Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2018

    Carmen Laura Lourido Pérez Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2018

    Last night Santa Cruz de Tenerife chose it's Carnival Queen 2018 and her court. Carmen Laura Lourido Pérez, with a costume entitled 'Renacida' (Reborn), designed by Jorge González and representing FuenteAlta (bottled water), won the coveted title.



    El Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2018 YA TIENE REINA

    • First Maid of Honour is Rocío Díaz Medina, with a costume entitled 'Belice', designed by Santi Castro and representing Centro Comercial Añaza-Carrefour.
    • Second Maid of Honour is Ana Deisy Sabina García, with a costume entitled 'El secreto del firmamento', designed by Eduardo Martín and representing Centro Comercial Alcampo La Laguna.
    • Third Maid of Honour is Rosalía Barreto Suárez, with a costume entitled 'El Reino de los Trece Témpanos', designed by Daniel Pages and representing McDonald's and newspaper, La Opinión de Tenerife.
    • And Fourth Maid of Honour is Cathaysa Machado Hernández, with a costume entitled 'Yo disco, yo robot', designed by Borja Abreu and representing rum producer, Ron La Indiana.

    The full gala is available here.

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    Election of the Carnival Queen in Puerto de la Cruz 2018



    Thursday, 8 February 2018 it's the turn of Puerto de la Cruz to select it's carnival queen for the year, with scarcely less enormous and fantastic costumes than in the capital.

    Elección de la Reina del Carnaval de Puerto de la Cruz 2017

    UPDATE: Owing to heavy wind and rain in Tenerife, the Gala for the Election of the Carnival Queen in Puerto de la Cruz had to be posponed. It is now programmed to take place on Saturday, 10 February at 8pm. Further information is available (in Engish) from the Carnaval Internacional del Puerto de la Cruz website.

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    All events are liable to change beyond our control.

    Festival de La Zarzuela - Carnival Celebrates Musical Comedy

    Teatro Guimerá

    Thursday, 8 February 2018, as part of the carnival programme, is the Festival de La Zarzuela - Spanish traditional form of musical comedy - from 8:30pm at the Teatro Guimerá.

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    Wednesday, February 07, 2018

    Carnival Queen Gala in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2018



    Wednesday, 7 February, 2018 from 9:30pm at the The International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses is the culmination of the carnival contests in Santa Cruz, the Gala for the Selection fo the Carnival Queen and no matter how many times you see these enormous and fantastic costumes, you can't help becoming open-mouthed with awe. The over three hour gala is televised thoughout Spain and internationally, so don't miss it.

    Gala Reina Carnaval | S/C 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. 

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    Tuesday, February 06, 2018

    Concert with lyrical group Los Fregolinos



    Los Fregolinos, now with 58 years experience on stage, according to this news item, along with the Afilarmónica Ni fú – Ni fá, are the oldest groups of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This all-male group, always dressed in harlequin costume are responsable for one of the most emblematic carnival songs, Santa Cruz en carnaval. They are in concert this evening, Tuesday, 6 February 2018, from 8:30pm at the Teatro Guimerá.

    Los Fregolinos son el grupo más antiguo del carnaval de SC Tfe

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    Monday, February 05, 2018

    Celebrating 14 years of Secret Tenerife

    Does anyone actually celebrate a blogiversary after the first? Maybe not, but I will just mention that today is the 14th Blogiversary of Secret Tenerife.

    Whilst the now inconsequential original post (the external link it contained having died ages ago) has long been deleted, that first enthralling item had been posted on 5 February 2004. (Just one day after Facebook was created.)

    At that time I'd been living in Tenerife for almost 12 years and had translated and reported for most of the English language newspapers and magazines on the island. This blog, I felt, therefore was a natural progression of the work I had already done.

    Of the 16 years spent on the island, almost half of that time I was living and working in the south and slightly over half was in the far north west of the island, in the breathtakingly beautiful El Palmar valley. This amazing experience allowed me to live amongst and learn from local people who maintained their old cultures and ways of life (none of whom spoke any English.) I now have over a quarter of a century's worth of experience of researching and translating information about the island, it's people, customs, fiestas, history, events. Just so you know this blog isn't run by some fly-by-night who's never been to the island!

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    Sunday, February 04, 2018

    Costume Contest and the Rondallas Contest



    Two items on the Santa Cruz de Tenerife carnival agenda for Sunday, 4 February 2018. The costume contest (Carnaval Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017: Concurso de disfraces) at 11am, then at 5pm at the Auditorio de Tenerife the Rondallas contest. 

    Rondallas de Tenerife are a male or mixed choir and their repertoir contains elements of opera, zarzuela (operetta-like Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes) and world music, amongst others.

    The format of these choir groups is reportedly unique to Tenerife, in that there are no references to anything equal elsewhere in the world and they are entirely different to the Medieval Spanish definition of a Rondalla being a stringed instrument ensemble

    Certamen Rondallas | S/C 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. 

    All events are liable to change beyond our control.

    Saturday, February 03, 2018

    Comparsas Contest in Santa Cruz de Tenerife



    Deciding which is the best group of carnival singers, musicians and dancers known as a comparsa - in Santa Cruz de Tenerife these are similar to Brazilian carnival blocks - this year takes place this evening, Saturday, 3 February 2018 in yet another multiple-hour gala from 8pm at the The Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses.

    Concurso Comparsas | S/C 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. 

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