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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Carnival in Garachico 2019

Port in Garachico

Carnival in Garachico 2019 is taking place from the 1st to the 17th of March. If anything distinguishes this carnival, it is it's particular version of the burial of the sardine.

In Garachico the sardine is replaced by a figure called Sansusino. This grotesque being resembles the Lirio-Ferro fish (Alepisaurus ferox, we believe, commonly known as Susino) from the boats that came to Garachico from Madeira and Azores in the 14th century, and whose flavour did not enjoy popular appreciation. The solemn duel for the soul of Mr. Sansusino increasingly attracts more visitors to the town to witness this ancient tradition that the locals are keen to maintain.

Saturday 16 March - Coso del Carnaval (Main Parade) from 5 pm with the participation of the Comparsas, Batukadas, Murgas, Fanfarrias, Personalities of the Carnaval, Queens and Costumed Groups. From the Plaza Ramón Arocha to the old port. Followed by the Baile de Piñata with orchestras, Dorada Band, The Regueton Band and Guaracha from 7 pm.

Sunday 17 March - After kid's activities (the usual bouncy castles, face painting, etc.) from 3 pm, there's the Reception and Grand Duel of Sr. Sansusino at 6 pm, with the 'traditional pastry tasting of the Carnival.' From 8 pm is the Funeral and Cremation of Sr. Sansusino, with a solemn funeral procession through the streets of the town, followed by the cremation at the old port. Organisers request, "Please be dressed in the most rigorous mourning and with a mask to keep the traditional Carnival."

ESTE FIN DE SEMANA “CARNAVAL DE GARACHICO”



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