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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Comparsa Los Joroperos

One of the components of Comparsa Los Joroperos, Carnival Main Parade, 5 March 2019

One of my favourite components of carnival, comparsas in Santa Cruz de Tenerife are said to be similar to the Brazillian Carnival Blocks, but actually appear to have more in common with the dancing, marching and drumming Samba Schools that have a strong community basis and are traditionally associated with a particular neighborhood.

Los Joroperos were formed in La Laguna in 1972 and have been participating in Santa Cruz de Tenerife carnival since 1977. During the rest of the year, the group performs in hotels and at various fiestas, both in Tenerife and other islands of the archipelago.

The most international of the comparsas, Los Joroperos have become authentic Ambassadors of Carnival, having also represented Tenerife carnival and the Canary Islands in general in numerous tourism fairs nationally and internationally, such as the International Tourism Fair in Spain (FITUR), Europalia and in Regent Street.

Los Joroperos have also won the most awards, both on the islands and in many places around the worldAt carnival, they've won 29 awards for interpretation, 19 for presentation and 29 in Rhythm and Harmony. In 2018, Los Joroperos were the outright winners in all of the categories at carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, winning the trio of of firsts in presentation, interpretation and Rhythm and Harmony. This year, they again won both presentation and interpretation at the Comparsas Contest in 2019.

Fans and residents' associations feel that they deserve the recognition of a street in the city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, where they originate, to be named after them.



Los Joroperos | Comparsas adultas | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Find out more about Santa Cruz Carnival 2020which will take to the streets between Friday, 21st February 2020 and Sunday, 1st March 2020. 

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