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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Preparations begin for the carnival with the longest weekend of partying in its history

Daytime Carnival 2019

Christmas is bearly over, but Santa Cruz is already getting into the mood for carnival. In just two weeks time, the party will officially begin with the Inaugural Gala for Carnival 2020 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the theme of which is The Flirty Fifties, on Friday January 24, at 9:30 p.m., in the Plaza de los Alisios, behind the Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín". A celebration this year that will have six consecutive days of partying in the street, from Friday 21 February, with the Opening Cavalcade and the start of the dances in the street, through until Wednesday 26 February with the Burial of the Sardine.

This year the Monday of Carnival (February 24) will also be a pubic holiday in the city, which makes it the bridge between the two daytime events; Daytime Carnival on the Sunday 23 February and the Coso Apoteosis (Main Parade) on Carnival Tuesday (February 25) that makes this year's carnival such a long party. Ash Wednesday (February 26) completes this longest party in the history of the Carnival of Santa Cruz.

Before that happens, the various contests will take place at the Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos de Tenerife. The stage, designed by Javier Torres Franquis, will be begun to be built in the coming days. The first phase of the children's murgas will take place on January 30, the second  on January 31 and the third phase on February 1. After them will come the Choreographic Festival (February 2) and the first phase of the adult murgas (February 3). The grand finale will take place on February 7 at 8:30 p.m. Only one day later, on February 8, the musical groups will have their contest.

On Sunday, February 9, the first of the galas will be celebrated with the election of the Junior Queen, at 6:00 p.m. The second will take place only three days later, on February 12, with the Election of the Senior Queen. And the grand Gala of Election of the Carnival Queen will be on February 19, at 9.30 pm. The registration period for candidates is still open, it closes tomorrow, January 9. So far there are 30 candidates registered for the three categories; 16 candidates for the adult Carnival Queen, 9 girls who present themselves for the Junior Queen and 5 candidates for Senior Carnival Queen.

The competitions will be completed with the Comedy Song Contest, on February 14 at the Teatro Guimerá, the Comparsa troupes (on February 15, at 8:00 p.m., at the Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos de Tenerife), the costume contest (Sunday February 16, at 11.00) and the rondallas contest that Sunday too in the Auditorium.

After the competitions and galas comes the Carnival in the street.

[ED NOTE: The dates in this article confirm those listed in our Provisional Program for Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020. See also: Tenerife Carnival Dates for 2020.]

El Carnaval, con el fin de semana más largo de su historia, calienta motores

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