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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Santa Cruz Tenerife Carnival Program 2020

Carnival

UPDATE 10/01/2020 - What's listed below has now been confirmed as the official carnival program. A PDF version [in Spanish] can be downloaded from the carnival website, which adds the locations and times of events.

We're making this up as we go along, though based on previous years, but provided that carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife continues to follow the usual schedule (and it would be tantamount to an act of sacrilege to suggest significant changes), events in 2020 might look like this. Obviously, any or all of this could be changed and any changes are beyond our control. We'll update as soon as the carnival organisers publish a calendar.

Journalist Humberto Gonar (EL DÍA) has also published a provisional calendar for Carnival 2020 on his website and this agrees with what I have listed below.

Highlighted are the events and parades in the streets.

  • Friday, 24 January: Inauguration of Carnival 2020
  • Thursday, 30 January: 1st Phase of the Junior Murgas Contest
  • Friday, 31 January: 2nd Phase of the Junior Murgas Contest
  • Saturday, 1 February: 3rd Phase of the Junior Murgas Contest
  • Sunday, 2 February: Festival of Coreographed Groups
  • Monday, 3 February: 1st Phase of the Adult Murga Contest
  • Tuesday, 4 February: 2nd Phase of the Adult Murga Contest
  • Wednesday, 5 February: 3rd Phase of the Adult Murga Contest
  • Friday, 7 February: Final of the Murga Contests
  • Saturday, 8 February: Contest of Musical Groups
  • Sunday, 9 February: Gala Election of the Junior Carnival Queen
  • Wednesday, 12 February: Gala Election of the Senior Carnaval Queen
  • Friday, 14 February: Comedy Song Contest
  • Saturday, 15 February: Comparsas Contest
  • Sunday, 16 February: Costume Contest and the Rondallas Contest
  • Tuesday, 18 February: Concert with lyrical group Los Fregolinos
  • Wednesday, 19 February: Gala Election of the Carnival Queen
  • Thursday, 20 February: Festival of the Zarzuela
  • Friday, 21 February: Opening Parade
  • Saturday, 22 February: Rhythm and Harmony Comparsas
  • Sunday, 23 February: Daytime Carnival
  • Monday, 24 February: Carnival Monday
  • Tuesday, 25 February: Carnival Main Parade
  • Wednesday, 26 February: Burial of the Sardine
  • Thursday, 27 February: Festival of Rondallas
  • Friday, 28 February: Children's Carnival Parade and Festival of Prizewinners
  • Saturday, 29 February: Daytime Carnival
  • Sunday, 1 March: Exhibition and parade of vintage and classic cars, end of carnival party and carnival closes with a firework display

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