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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Carnaval de Día (Daytime Carnival)

Orishas at Daytime Carnival Saturday 9 March 2019

The second Carnaval de Día (Daytime Carnival) takes place on Saturday 29 February 2020. This is the bigger of the two, with bigger names in the line-up of artists. Last year's event with Orishas and Juan Luis Guerra broke all carnival attendance records.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Coso Infantil (Kids' Carnival Parade)

Coso Infantil 2019

This year the Coso Infantil (Kids' Carnival Parade) takes place on Friday 28 February 2020 from 6 pm. The procession leaves from the Parque García Sanabria and the route takes it along the streets of Pilar, Villalba Hervás and La Marina.

If you just want to dip your toe into carnival waters and are not quite ready for the big parades or hedonistic all-nighters, or you have kids yourself, then this is the parade for you. See all of the junior carnival queens and a plethora of the small people in the cutest costumes. The Children's Parade opens the final, piñata weekend of carnival.

More photos from the Children's Carnival Parade in 2019

Artist lineup for final weekend of carnival

Carlos Vives

Santa Cruz de Tenerife prepares to say goodbye to the carnival of ‘The Flirty 50s’ with Carlos Vives as the headline act, one of the Latin artists with the greatest international projection, on the stage in the Avenida Francisco La Roche at 8 pm on Piñata Saturday 29 February 2020. Colombian singer, songwriter and actor, Vives, winner of two Grammys and 11 Latin Grammys, has sold more than 20 million records worldwide and is a pioneer in the fusion of the rhythms and sounds of his homeland, Colombia.

From 5 pm, Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and record producer, Tonny Tun Tun, whose professional career has been recognized with the Latin Grammy for best Tropical Production in 2006, is presented as the perfect complement for this finale of the party.

Carnival-goers can enjoy a wide range of artists, performances by carnival groups, etc., from 1 pm on Saturday 29 February, full details of which are now listed here, along with the program for tonight, Friday 28 February and for Sunday 1 March.

No Cree En Amores - Tonny Tun Tun (Video oficial)

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Carnival at Siam Mall, Costa Adeje

Carnival at Siam Mall

If you're in the south of Tenerife, but won't be around for the Carnival in Los Cristianos, then you may still be able to see a bit of carnival colour and flavour, this weekend 29 February and 1 March and next weekend 7 and 8 March, at the Siam Mall Shopping Centre. There are free buses to the mall from various locations in the south of the island.

Superhero costume workshop
From 16:00h to 19:00h

Batucada parade
Timba Acoro
At 17:30h

Costume Parade
At 19:00h

Superheroes face painting
From 16:00h to 19:00h

Kid´s Murga
The Retorciditos
At 18:00h

Neon Mask Workshop
From 16:00h to 19:00h

From 17:00h to 19:00h

Murga performance
Diablos Rojos
At 19:00h

Workshop Sardine Elaboration
From 16:00h to 18:00h

Party of the sardine and piñata
At 18:00h

“Ritmo Sureño”
At 19:00h

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ash Wednesday: Burial of the Sardine

The sardine on the way to its funeral 6 March 2019

What more can be said about the Burial of the Sardine, which this year takes place on Wednesday 26 February 2020. It has already been described as blasphemous, rude, pornographic. All true. Surreal is applicable, but even if you put these all together and times whatever level of weirdness you imagined by a thousand, you'd still come nowhere near. And yet it was as safe, friendly and accessible as any other night at carnival (and a whole lot more so than any average Saturday night in a British town.)

(Right) just a few regular guys on 'boys night out' at the Burial of the Sardine in Santa Cruz.

Oh and you'll encounter people with seriously and hilariously impaired judgement. I've no idea what they were on, but impaired enough to come up to this dodgy character (left), request photos with him like he was some sort of tourist attraction and ask "¿Es de verdad?" (Is he for real?) I kid you not. No boys and girls, this 'nun' is my husband in a cheap ebay fancy dress. It did add to my amusement for the night. 

We were able to catch up with my friend Lee de Caires, better known by most for ¡Qué Gran Viaje! - see video below - but alas I didn't stay for the sardine's cremation as I had nasty flu. At least that gives me a good excuse to go back another year, doesn't it? 

More coverage from Mírame TV Canarias and in this video from about 2 hours 30 minutes in, you can see the sardine arrive at the Plaza de España, the fireworks and it's cremation. Oh and the setting up for the cremation and a worried looking fireman.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Shrove Tuesday Carnival Main Parade

At the Coso Apoteosis (Carnival Main Parade) 2019

Today, Shrove Tuesday / Carnival Tuesday, 25 February 2020, the event that this has all been building up to, the Coso Apoteosis (Carnival Main Parade), is going ahead this afternoon and will bring carnival rhythm to the Avenida Francisco la Roche and Marítima from 4 pm. The parade will include the carnival groups; rondallas, comparsas, murgas, etc., and will allow attendees to enjoy the costumes of the three Carnival Queens of 2020. Organisers will remain vigilant, continually assessing the weather and safety conditions in case it's necessary to take any protective measures.

Floats heralding the approaching parade on Tuesday 5 March 2019

The parade will begin with the winning floats from the contest held during the Opening Parade last Friday. They will be joined by the three classified in the decorated car contest. From there the multi-colored snake will be headed by the popular Afilarmónica Nifú Nifá and then give way to a parade that has become one of the island's big tourist claims. The City Council of the capital of Tenerife will install a total of 7,500 chairs along the route for the audience. In addition, it can be followed live through RTV Canaria.

More photos from the Coso Apoteosis del carnaval 2019

Monday, February 24, 2020

Afilarmónica Ni Fú-Ni Fá the grandfathers of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Afilarmónica Nifú Nifá at the head of the Carnival Parade on Tuesday 5 March 2019

The Afilarmónica Nifú Nifá (fondly known as La Fufa) is a carnival institution in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Whilst the order that queens and the various groups go out in the various parades is determined by their placing in the various contests in the run up to carnival in the street, La Fufa always head up the parades, owing to their position of seniority.

History of the Afilarmónica Nifú Nifá

In 1917 a chirigota from Cádiz participated in the carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife for the first time. They were sailors from the gunboat “Laya” of the Spanish Navy and that planted the seed, so that in the decade of the nineteen-twenties the first murga was born in Santa Cruz, named "El Flaco". It disappeared in 1936, when the Civil War broke out.

After the Civil War and as the carnival was celebrated with some tolerance by local authorities, in 1951 a group of friends formed a “murga” (among them the founder and director of the Afilarmónica NiFú-NiFá, Enrique González Betancourt (1924-2010) - who was known as 'the father of the murgas'), which at that time had no name; they made the musical instruments themselves with items such as a sardine barrel and iron plates, the rest of the instruments (trumpets, saxophones, ...) were made of cardboard.

A few months before the 1954 carnival, the group met to organize better; chosing a name for their murga, they decided to name it an "Afilarmónica". They wore a "circus musicians" costume with huge false mustaches, so they decided that the full name would be "Afilarmónica los Mustatos". However, when everything was ready, an order from the Civil Governor of the province, Arias Navarro, prohibited the celebration of carnivals.

Nevertheless, they performed after the dates of the carnival in the capital of Tenerife (at an artistic festival, a parade of the festivities of a neighborhood of Santa Cruz, and a party in honor of General Rodrigo, in the Círculo de Amistad XII de Enero (Circle of Friendship XII of January), where they were recriminated by the then Civil Governor).

Although the number of members reduced, the group continued rehearsing every year, but without performing in public when the dates of the carnival arrived, until in 1961, when they returned to meet the streets, already with their current name.

Afilarmónica NiFú-NiFá

In 1961, when they were about to go out on the street, a man appeared in the rehearsal room. When he saw that the name of the murga on the drum was that of his company, he got angry and demanded that it be removed immediately, telling the group that the name itself was nifú-nifá (neither here nor there / of no importance or relevance), but that the company was very serious and it was not necessary to confuse it with the carnival.

Which is how the current name emerged, that of Afilarmónica NiFú-NiFá.

In that same year, with only one day left until the end of the carnival celebrations, the city council realised, after discussion with the Provincial Delegation of Information and Tourism, that there were several murgas parading through the streets, so they set up the first contest of murgas, which was held in the Plaza del Príncipe, with a total of five murgas participating. In addition to the Fufa were: the murga of “El Chucho” of Valleseco, the murgaMarte”, the murgaLa Silenciosa” of Tacoronte and the murga "Pepe". The winner was the Afilarmónica NiFú-NiFá, making them the winners of the First Prize of the First Murga Contest of the First Winter Festival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

In 1962 the murgas contest was held in the Santa Cruz Bullring. For the second time, La Fufa won the contest and this was repeated in the following years: (1963, 1964 and 1965).

In 1966, the then veteran Afilarmónica, made the decision to go to the contest but participated without competing for the awards, a decision that has remained ever since. It was also in 1966, when they first released the Cubanito, a song that remains in their repertoire year after year and has become something of a carnival hymn.

Historia Afilarmónica Ni Fu Ni Fa

The Afilarmónica Nifú Nifá at the head of the Carnival Parade on Tuesday 5 March 2019

The Afilarmónica Nifú Nifá at the head of the Carnival Parade on Tuesday 5 March 2019

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Carnaval de Día - Daytime Carnival

Daytime Carnival Sunday 3 March 2019

The first of the two CARNAVAL DE DÍA (Daytime Carnival) events takes place on Sunday 23 February 2020 that make the carnival more accessible to the whole family.

The rhythm of the comparsas continues in Santa Cruz despite the calima

Comparsa Los Cariocas at the Rhythm & Harmony Saturday 22 February 2020

Comparsa Los Cariocas won the first prize in the Rhythm and Harmony contest held in the capital of Tenerife last night. In addition, the formation from Valleseco also obtained, unanimously, the award for best standard. In Interpretation, Los Joroperos were second and Tropicana, third. Bahía Bahitiare were highly commended.

The contest was the last carnival event that went ahead yesterday, before the rest of the night's activities were cancelled from midnight, for safety, due to the high winds. Large screens, sound and light equipment, etc., had to be removed from staging. The winds also prevented the Carnival Queen and her court from taking part in the Rhythm & Harmony event, as their large costumes would have been so much more vulnerable.

The Canaries registered winds of up to 160 kmph during the night - that was at Izaña on Mount Teide - but still as much as 95 kmph at the Tenerife Sur Airport. Reina Sofía and Los Rodeos airports, in the south and north of Tenerife, respectively, are not accepting flights from outside the islands due to the lack of visibility caused by the calima, AENA sources reported Saturday. Tenerife North airport is operational for inter-island flights. National and international flights are able to leave Tenerife airports at the moment.

Emergency services in the Canaries have attended close to 200 incidents due to the high winds. Most of the incidents are related to falling trees, awnings, billboards, pergolas, lamp posts and bins and container movement, among others.

After a meeting at 7 am this morning with police and technical bods from the town hall, it has been decided to go on with the Daytime Carnival events planned for today in Santa Cruz. There may be some delays as staging is rebuild, but events will go ahead.

The whole of the carnival had to be moved to the following weekend, owing to bad weather, in 2006, which was the first time this had happened in my then 14 years on the island. Certainly beats the chance of getting good weather for a British Bank Holiday!

El ritmo de las comparsas hace frente a la calima

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Rhythm and Harmony Comparsas Contest

Ritmo y Armonía dentro del CarnavalSC19

On Saturday, 22 February 2020, starting at 9 pm, is the Ritmo y Armonía (Rhythm and Harmony) contest of the Comparsa Groups. This spectacular event also includes the Carnival Queen and her court and takes place along the Avenida Francisco la Roche, although this year, will take place in the opposite direction, starting from the Cabildo and travelling north. The first 500 meters, which makes sense as this will be in front of the paid seats, will allow space for the performance of their routines for the contest element, while further up, they will just parade. The other reason for the change is to have the Palacio Insular, the Plaza de España and the city skyline as a more attractive backdrop during the television broadcasts of the event. This direction only applies to this one evening.

Tropicana, Los Rumberos, Danzarines Canarios, Bahía Bahitiare, Los Cariocas, Los Tabajares and Los Joroperos are the seven comparsas that will take part in tonight's Ritmo y Armonía (Rhythm & Harmony) contest on the Avenida de Anaga in Santa Cruz de Tenerife from around 9 pm. The contest will also count on the presence of the Carnival Queen, Sara Cruz Teja, and her court of four Maids of Honour, as well as others of the contestants who took part in last Wednesday's gala. If you aren't going to Santa Cruz in person, Televisión Canaria will be broadcasting the contest from 9:15 pm and you should be able to watch it live via the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel.

Ritmo y Armonía | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Friday, February 21, 2020

Carnival in Los Gigantes 2020

Los Gigantes Carnival 2020

The theme of Los Gigantes Carnival 2020, which takes place between 6 March and 14 March, is Las mil y una noches (One Thousand and One Nights), (coincidentally, the theme in Santa Cruz 25 years ago), so you can submerge yourself in the story of Sherezade or the adventures of Aladin and his magic lamp. Mayor of Santiago del Teide, Emilio Navarro, has today presented the program for the fiestas, saying that, "Every year we try to improve different aspects of our carnival and integrate different groups." Among measures being introduced this year are: areas in the square during the galas so that people with disabilities can enjoy it; sign language interpreters; information on gender-based violence, a commitment to sustainability with refillable cups made of recycled material and controlled fireworks to avoid loud noises and big shocks.

Los Gigantes Carnival 2020 Program

Friday March 06
21:30 hrs: Gala Election of the Carnival Queen with performances of Comparsa Los Joroperos comparsa and Káren Méndez.
23:00 hrs: Great carnival dance with DJ 8smille, Ray Castellano and the TRB Mussically Band.

Saturday March 07
11:00 hrs: Carnival ludoparque (Sports activities?)
11:30 hrs: Carnacan Carnavalero. Carnival parade for pets.
17:30 hrs: Gala for the Election to the Junior Carnival Queen, with participation from local coreographic groups and Ballet Epsylon.
23:00 hrs: Carnival dance with Arguayo Band, Orqestra Tropin and Grupo LD, during which, the winners of the best male and female indivudual costumes, couples, groups, etc, will be awarded.
* throughout the day comparasas will parade around various hotel complexes.

Sunday March 08
17:00 hrs: Coso del carnaval (main parade) with the participation of carnival groups, comparsas, floats with the queen and maids of honour.
On arrival in the plaza, verbena (open air dance) with the Orqestra Maquinaria Band.

Monday March 09
Exhibition of carnival costumes in the Plaza Buganvilla in Los Gigantes.

Tuesday March 10
Exhibition of carnival costumes in the Plaza Buganvilla in Los Gigantes.

Wednesday March 11
16:30 hrs: Carnival afternoon for the elderly, with performances by seniors groups from the municipality and Pepe Benavente.

Thursday March 12
21:00 hrs: Drag Gala for Diversity and Artistic Equality Los Gigantes 2020, afterwards performance by Grupo Contratiempo.

Friday March 13
18:00 hrs: Wake for the Sardine with musical performances of Old Dogs and Tío Franklin.
21:00 hrs: Burial of the Sardine. Afterwards, fireworks display by Hermanos Toste.
00.00 hrs: Widows' Ball with Orqestra Maraury.

Saturday March 14
Los Gigantes Daytime Carnival 2020
11:00 - 14:00 hrs: Cross Infantil Los Gigantes 2020
11:00 - 14:00 hrs: Children's carnival ludoparque.
14:00 hrs: DJ Musica Comercial
16:00 hrs: Grupo La Calle
18:00 hrs: La Mekánica by Tamarindos
20:00 hrs: Jadel
21.00 hrs: King Africa
22:00 hrs: Grupo La Calle
00:00 hrs: Combo Dominicano

El Alcalde presenta el Carnaval de "Las Mil y Una Noches" de Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes Carnival 2020 Program

Carnival Opening Parade in Santa Cruz

Cabalgata Anunciadora del @CarnavalSC19

The big week of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife - with the longest weekend of partying in its history - kicks off with the Cabalgata Anunciadora - Carnival Opening Parade on Friday, 21 February 2020. The parade starts at around 8 pm and lasts several hours, making its way through the city, eventually to the streets around the Plaza de España

One of the Carrozas y Coches Engalanados (decorated floats) at Carnival 2019

The Carrozas y Coches Engalanados (decorated floats and cars) will gather around the Plaza de la República Dominicana before joining the parade.

Carnival in La Orotava 2020

Poster for La Orotava Carnival 2020

Carnival will turn the town of La Orotava into 'La Villa de la Fantasia' (Fantasyland) in 2020. The town's carnival runs from Friday 21 February to Sunday 1 March and has a long and varied program of events (download PDF).

Friday 21

- Great children's parade that will depart from the Plaza del Quinto Centenario towards the Plaza Franchy Alfaro, crossing the streets Cantos Canarios, Calvario, San Agustín and will continue through Tomás Zerolo, the Estévez Sculptor Career Bridge to head again through Calvario to the Plaza Franchy Alfaro.

- 9:00 PM: Election Gala of the Carnival Queen and Maids of Honour of Carnival 2020. Show presented by the journalist Fran Peraza will feature performance by Sandra del Castillo and of all of the Orotava carnival groups: the Murgas Virgueritos, Pizzicatos, Hasty, Trinkos and Minivirgues; the Fanfarria Orotava Peña el Casco; Los Villeros and Rondalla Volcanes del Teide.

Saturday 22

- Between 12:00 and 22:00: Plaza del Ayuntamiento and Calle Carrera Escultor Estévez the Carnival of solidarity with the XIII Solidarity Pizzicatos, the IV Solidarity Exhibition and the V Carnavalera Race, with the benefits of the event being allocated to the Foundation Pichón Trail and Actay´s.

Sunday 23: Carnival in the street

- Exhibition of old photographs about the carnival in the Plaza de la Constitución.

- 11:00: Children's carnival with multiple activities such as costume contest, performances, disco, workshops, children's show, games, bouncy castles, gastronomic workshops, face painting, educational workshop on the importance of the Orotava carnival and others. There will be performances by the children's troupe Los Villeros and the murga Minivirgues.

- 16:30: From the Plaza del V Centenario, the parade of the carnival groups will depart in the direction of the Town Hall Square, crossing the streets Cantos Canarias, Calvario, San Agustín, Plaza de La Constitución, Tomás Zerolo and Carrera Escultor Estevez. Once the parade is finished, various performances will begin in the two main stages located in both places. So you can enjoy the performances of all groups of the Orotava carnival, as well as the musician Elicio and Mingo Show. The closing of the day will be in the Town Hall Square itself with the joint performance of the 101 Brass band and Arístides Moreno.

Monday 24: 'Do you know me mask?'

- 7:00 pm ‘Carnavalera Gastronomy’ will be held in the Plaza de la Constitución. In the same place and at the same time will begin the contest of masks for the whole family, both children, youth and adults. Then, at 8:00 p.m., the Parody Festival will take place and this carnival Monday will end with the "Masquerade Dance", starting at nine o'clock at night.

Tuesday 25: Apotheosis Tuesday

- Paseo del Valle of Vintage Cars and performance of the Fanota Orotava Peña el Casco.

- 17:00: From the Cruz del Teide, the Great Cosmic Apotheosis of the Carnival (Main Parade) will start with the participation of various groups of the island of Tenerife. The route will be the usual route through the Cruz del Teide area, Salazar streets, San Francisco, Estévez Sculptor and Calvario, until culminating in Plaza la Paz.

- 19:30: A great dance will take place in the Plaza de la Constitución enlivened by Orchestra Sabrosa.

Wednesday 26: grieving Wednesday

- 19:30: Crispín's duel and subsequent burial and burning [Ed: think that counts as belt and braces]. the funeral procession will depart from the Town Hall Square towards the Plaza del V Centenario where the burning will take place, and a concert by Salvapantallas.

Friday 28: Carnival Festival

- 19:15: Parade of the carnival groups that will depart from the Plaza de Candelaria del Lomo to the Plaza de San Juan Bautista where, at 22:00 hours, the Carnival Festival will be held.

Saturday 29: Pinata Dance

Piñata dance in the Plaza de San Juan Bautista, with the performances by Miguel Lorenzo and the Dinacord orchestras and the Banda Loca.

Sunday 1

- Festival of Rondallas of the Carnival. In the Cultural Society Liceo de Taoro.

Programa de actos del Carnaval de La Orotava 2020

Carnaval in the streets of Santa Cruz

Carnival Opening Parade

Santa Cruz chose its Carnival Queen on Wednesday night, so tonight, Friday 21 February 2020, the party finally goes out into the streets, first with the Cabalgata Anunciadora (Opening Parade), which will leave from the Plaza de la República Dominicana at around 8 pm and follow the route along the Avenida de la Asunción, Ramón y Cajal, Galcerán, Plaza Weyler, Méndez Núñez, El Pilar, Villalba Hervás, La Marina, ending up in the Avenida Francisco La Roche. (See thick blue line on this map for the route.) After which, at 10:30 pm, the dances with the various orquestras will begin in the Plaza del Príncipe, Plaza de la Candelaria and Avenida Francisco La Roche.

During this first night in the open air, carnival-goers can enjoy Dj Brain, Orquesta Tropin, Orquesta Generación, Orquesta Malibú, Iván Cacú and his Orquesta, among others.

Sadly, there won't be a Carnival Reggae Festival, as there has been in previous years.

We do know that carnival will have one extra allnighter - making it the longest weekend of partying in the carnival's history - on Sunday night, because Monday 24 February has also been declared a holiday in the city (as is Shrove / Carnival Tuesday 25 February). Sunday February 23 will therefore be added to the traditional all night dances until the wee hours (usually until 5 or 6 am). These already include Friday February 21, Saturday February 22, Carnival Monday February 24, because Tuesday is always a holiday; and on Friday and Saturday of Piñata Weekend (February 29 and March 1). The rest of the days of the Carnival week in the street, including the Wednesday of the Burial of the Sardine, the music will be turned off at the latest at two in the morning.

To everyone's potential relief (pun intended), the council has announced that it's installing 434 portaloos in the city during carnival (up from 190 last year). Quite rightly they say this is to 'combat bad odors'. The morning of Carnival Tuesday last year, the streets stank like a nuisance of thousands of tom cats had marked their territory on them!

Also for the first time there are to be extra bus services - up to 262,000 more seats - to connect all the Santa Cruz neighbourhoods with the city centre, starting from Friday 21 February for the Opening Parade and extending through until the Piñata Sunday. 

Here's a list of of which orchestras are playing which Escenario (Stage), at what time, on which days (so far, only up to Wednesday), but we're not sure it really matters. If you don't like what's on one stage, have a wander round to another, or top up your Cuba Libre. There isn't [yet] any information on the lineup for the Piñata Weekend and the second Daytime Carnival. But from Saturday 22 February, there is a program of performances (download PDF) of the various carnival groups.

And if all of this isn't enough for you, just about every square and bar in the city will have its own party, possibly with a kiosk and yet more all night loud music. All of the clubs, especially those along the Avenida Anaga, will have 'after parties', though how you can party after when the party already goes on until breakfast time, I'm really not sure.

Saturday, February 22, 2020
12:00 - 22:00 - Kid's Activities in the Plaza Isla de La Madera
17:30 - Shows on the different stages in the, Plazas del Príncipe and La Candelaria; and Francisco La Roche Avenue
21:00 - Contest of Comparsas Rhythm and Harmony. With the participation of all the comparsa groups - Francisco La Roche Avenue
22:30 - Dances with performances by large orchestras - Plazas del Príncipe and La Candelaria; and Francisco La Roche Avenue

Sunday, February 23, 2020
11:00 - Performance of the Afilarmónica Ni fú-Ni Fa - Plaza del Príncipe
12:00 - Performance of the Los Fregolinos Musical Lyric Group - Plaza del Príncipe
From 1:00 p.m. - Daytime Carnival - Performances in all stages until 8:00 p.m.
17:30 - Shows in the different scenarios - Plazas del Príncipe and La Candelaria; and Francisco La Roche Avenue
22:30 - Dances with performances by large orchestras - Plaza de La Candelaria

Monday, February 24, 2020
17:30 - Shows in the different stages - Plazas del Príncipe and La Candelaria; and Francisco La Roche Avenue
17:00 - Dances with performances by large orchestras - Plazas del Príncipe and La Candelaria; and Francisco La Roche Avenue

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
11:00 - Performance of the Afilarmónica Ni fú-Ni Fa - Plaza del Príncipe
12:00 - Performance of the Los Fregolinos Musical Lyric Group - Plaza del Príncipe
16:00 - Coso Apotheosis (Main Parade) - Avenues of Francisco La Roche y Marítima
20:00 - Dances with performances by great orchestras Plaza de La Candelaria

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
22:00 - Burial of the Sardine - Starting from Juan Pablo II Street, Méndez Núñez, El Pilar, Villalba Hervás, La Marina and ending at the Plaza de España. Cremation of the Sardine in the Avenida Marítima.
22:30 - Dances with performances by large orchestras - Plaza del Príncipe

Thursday, February 27, 2020
20:30 - Rondallas Festival - Guimerá Theater

Friday, February 28, 2020
18:00 - Coso Infantil (Children's Parade) - Starting from García Sanabria Park, crossing the streets of El Pilar, Villalba Hervás and La Marina.
23:30 - Dances with performances by large orchestras - Plazas del Príncipe and La Candelaria; and Francisco La Roche Avenue

Saturday, February 29, 2020
From 11: 00- 14:00 and from 17: 00- 20:00 Children's Carnival - Plaza Isla de La Madera
From 1:00 p.m. - Daytime Carnival. With performances on all stages until 8:00 p.m.
21:30 - Dances with performances by large orchestras - Plazas del Príncipe and La Candelaria; and Francisco La Roche Avenue

Sunday, March 1, 2020 (Piñata Sunday)
10:00 - Grand Concourse of Vintage Cars which gather at the García Sanabria Park. Starting at 12:00 hours, the tour of the city streets begins, ending at Francisco La Roche Avenue
11:00 - Performance of the Afilarmónica Ni fú-Ni Fa - Plaza del Príncipe
12:00 - Performance of the Lyric Group La Zarzuela of the Círculo de Amistad XII de Enero - Plaza del Príncipe
17:00 - Grand End of Carnival Party 2020 - Círculo de Amistad XII de Enero
18:00 - End of Party. Parade of carnival goups through the city center. Upon completion, a huge fireworks display - Plaza de La Candelaria

Programación de los actos del carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020 en la calle

Carnaval de noche 2019 Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020 Sara Cruz Teja

Carnival has it's Queen! Sara Cruz Teja was crowned Queen of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife last night, Wednesday 19 February, in the Gala held at the The Tenerife International Fairs and Congress Centre. Her costume is entitled Sentir (Feel), designed by Sedomir Rodríguez de la Sierra (who was also responsible for last year's winning design, La Nuit) and sponsored by hypermarket Centro Comercial Alcampo La Laguna.

Her court is made up as follows:

Entrega de Premios | Gala Reina del Carnaval | S/C Tenerife 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Election of the Carnival Queen

Carnival Queen at the Gala for her Election in 2019

The eagerly-awaited climax of all of the contests in the run up to carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife takes place tonight, Wednesday, 19 February 2020, with the Gala de la Reina (Gala Election of the Carnival Queen). This year 16 candidates will compete for the coveted title. Show starts at 9:30 pm and, if you're not going in person, you should be able to stream the TV coverage live via the the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel.

Presenting the gala, directed by designers Marco&María, will be Pedro Rodríguez, of Radio Club Tenerife Cadena SER and Alexis Hernández, of Canarias Radio La Autonómica, with collaboration from singer, Soraya Arnelas. Organisers say they wanted to give all the prominence to the candidates, but that the gala will also be a party for the Carnival groups. The final touch will be a performance by, Mexican singer, Paulina Rubio.

Gala de la Reina | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tickets for Santa Cruz Carnival Parades

View from the stands for the Rhythm & Harmony on 2 March 2019

Firstly, let me assure you that you DON'T NEED tickets to go to and watch any of the carnival parades, in Santa Cruz or any other town on the island, but you CAN buy tickets to get a few extra comforts and conveniences. Last year, we bought tickets for the gradas (stands) alongside the Plaza de España for both the Rhythm & Harmony Comparsas on the Saturday evening and for the Carnival Main Parade on Shrove Tuesday.

You get a seat with a decent view, very close to the parade and in the area where the TV cameras are located. The paraders often interact with the public in the stands, with some coming into the stands themselves, so it would be difficult to get any closer.

The catering was a snack van round the back of the stands and there was a queue, so you might want to bring your own snacks and water if you don't want to miss the parades. There are also portaloos inside the stands area that are only available to those with tickets.

The hostesses usher people into the available seats, though I found them accomodating to old age, reduced mobility and vertigo preventing me from climbing higher. They'll probably also give you a silly hat to wear, which clearly someone has paid for to get their promotion on tele, but isn't a bad idea in the heat. And you may get to perform in a Mexican wave or two, but if you're not up for such activities, you probably won't like carnival anyway!

This year, Atlántico Excursions are the online seller of a variety of tickets for the carnival parades:

VIP tickets, from 60 Euros, are also available for the Gala for the Election of the Carnival Queen at the The Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses this Wednesday 19 February 2020.

And just in case you're at all concerned, these are the official carnival products, promoted by Santa Cruz Town Hall and the carnival organising department.

The ticket selling website is in English and there are options for seats with or without transfers and guides to and from hotels in both the south and north of the island if you require that. There are also options for just the transfers without the seats in the stands, if you prefer to to have the flexibility to find standing room along the parade route.

These tickets can also be purchased in person, from the Casa del Carnaval (Carnival Museum), Calle Aguere, 17, 38005 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, between Monday 17 February until Saturday 22 February, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife themselves manage the chairs that line the carnival route, which come at a cost of a mere €2.50 each. I imagine those are popular!

Members of Comparsa Los Cariocas interract with the public in the stands during the Main Parade

Monday, February 17, 2020

International Carnival in Los Cristianos 2020

Los Cristianos Carnival Poster 2020

11/3/2020 Los Cristianos Carnival Suspended

The God of a Thousand Faces

"The essence of this poster is based on merging tradition with the avant-garde. Orienting our view towards the Far East, we find dreamlike characters that transport us to a lost past, in which traditions took shape in a thousand ways, with a thousand faces. Those same, we have retaken to give form to our, also, traditional Carnival." says the blurb.

Japan (the theme of this year's carnival in Los Cristianos) and Arona, then merge, in that dance of masks, with a thousand forms and messages, materializing in the 21st century in the streets and parties, where each one chooses the appropriate costume.

The program for this year's Los Cristianos carnival is as follows:

Presentation of Candidates for Junior Queen, Senior Queen and Queen of Carnival. PLACE: Infanta Leonor Auditorium in Los Cristianos

- Opening of the Carnival Exhibition. PLACE: Los Cristianos Cultural Center
- Carnival Comparsas Contest. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos

- WIG PARTY Daytime Carnival. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos.
- Opening Parade of the Carnival. PLACE: Playa de Las Américas, from the C.C. Gala, in Avda. Rafael Puig Lluvina, until C.C. Oasis, in the Avda. The Americas.

- Carnival concert of the Arona Town Band. PLACE: Plaza de La Pescadora, Los Cristianos
- Meeting of Murgas de Tenerife. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos

- Festival of Coreographic Groups. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos

- Gala of Election of the Senior Queen. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos

- Election Gala of the Junior Carnival Queen. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos

- 9:00 pm: Grand Gala Election of the Carnival Queen. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos

- Senior Carnival Dance. PLACE: Courtyard of the Los Cristianos Cultural Center
- Drag Queen Carnival Gala. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos

Daytime Carnival with two stages:
- Family Stage with diverse performances and Carnival workshops. PLACE: Plaza de La Pescadora, Los Cristianos
- Main stage with national and international artists. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center Building)
- Carnival Costume Contest. PLACE: Plaza de la Pescadora, Los Cristianos
- VI Carnaval Beach Route in tribute to the great songs of the Carnival. PLACE: From the Plaza de la Pescadora, promenade, Plaza de la Alpispa, c / Valle Menéndez, c / Juan Reverón Sierra, c / Amalia Alayón to the Plaza de la Pescadora, Los Cristianos

- Exhibition of Classic and Antique Cars. PLACE: Carnival Venue (in front of the Valdés Center building), Los Cristianos
- Great Coso Apotheosis of Carnival (Main Parade). PLACE: From the Paloma Beach apartments, on Avda. Juan Carlos I, to the Los Cristianos Cultural Center.

- Burial of the Sardine of the Carnival of Arona. PLACE: From Fisherman's Square (Cultural Center), to Los Cristianos Beach

This schedule is provisional

Carnaval Internacional de Los Cristianos - Arona 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine's Day Clasical Concert, Palo Blanco Hillclimb, Rosé Wine Tasting and Presentation of Carnival Comparsas in Los Cristianos

Valentine's Day Concert

There is to be a Valentine's Day Concert by the Trío Atenea at the Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos. The Athena Trio perform classical works of lyrical music and comprise; Néstor Galván: Tenor, Qingmei Liao: Soprano and Ana Laura Simoes: Pianist. Friday 14 February at 8:30 pm. Entrance €10. Tickets here.

Palo Blanco Hillclimb

Escudería Daute-Realejos (Team Daute-Realejos) have announced the 8th Edition of their Palo Blanco Hillclimb, which was reintroduced into the rally calendar last year after an absense. This event takes place on Saturday 15 February and at close of registration has 52 participants lined up.

Wine Tasting Workshop

Also on Saturday 15 February, from 11 am to 2 pm, the Casa del Vino de TenerifeCalle San Simón, 49, 38360 El Sauzal, is holding a wine tasting workshop for rosé wines. Price is €18. For more information or to book, call 922 57 25 35 or email casadelvino@teneriferural.org

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The Department of Culture of Arona Town Council invites you to attend the Gala presentation of the fantasy of the comparsas Los Playeritos and Ritmo Sureño on Sunday 16 February at 7 pm at the Auditorio Infanta Leonor. These groups will be part of the Los Cristianos carnival, but this event gives you a preview of the costumes and performances that the groups are presenting this year. Entrance €7. Tickets here.

Gala presentación de la fantasía de las comparsas "Los Playeritos y Ritmo Sureño"

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Senior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz 2020

Senior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz 2020

Senior Carnival Queen 2020, Consuelo Pérez Arbelo, was crowned last night, Wednesday 12 February, at the Gala de la Elección Reina de los Mayores Santa Cruz 2020 held at The Tenerife International Fairs and Congress Centre. Her costume is entitled Sonora de Amor (Soundtrack of Love) - apt topic for this week - designed by Alexis Santana and sponsored by the shopkeepers of the Zona Comercial Abierta de Santa Úrsula.

Her court is made up as follows:

  • First Matron of Honour: Concepción Hernández Expósito in a costume entitled Renacer (Reborn), designed by Williams Luis Alonso and representing the Town Hall of Santiago del Teide.
  • Second Matron of Honour: Josefa Herrero Hernández, with the fantasy, Gloria al Cielo (Glory to Heaven) designed by Alexis González and representing Floristería Maxiflor and Calzados Febles Tacoronte. 
  • Third Matron of Honour: Eulalia Yanes Sierra, with the design, Sempiterno (Everlasting) by Cristian Santana and representing San Miguel de Abona and Chinatown Shopping Center S.L.
  • Fourth Matron of Honour: Candelaria Pérez Domínguez with the design, En la flor de la vida (In the prime of life) by David Afonso, representing the Department of Tourism of Arona and Restaurante Las Cazuelitas de Feriche.

The awards were presented by Patricia Hernández, mayor of the city, Andrés Martín Casanova, president of the Autonomous Organization of Parties and Recreational Activities and by the outgoing senior carnival queen, Antonia Garrido Francés.

The remaining four candidates were: Candelaria Rodríguez HernándezCarmen Marina Ramos MesaMaría Cristina Santana González and Emma Sánchez Lojo.

Consuelo Pérez Arbelo | Gala de la Elección de la Reina | S/C Tenerife 2020

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Election of the Senior Carnival Queen of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Senior Carnival Queen at the Gala for her election 2019

The build up to Carnival 2020 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife continues this week with the Gala Election of the Senior Carnival Queen, taking place on Wednesday, 12 February.

Concurso de disfraces (Costume Contest) 2019

The competitions then continue with the Comedy Song Contest, on February 14 at the Teatro Guimerá, the Contest of the Comparsa groups on February 15, at 8:00 p.m., at the Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos de Tenerife), the Costume Contest on Sunday February 16, at 11.00 and the Rondallas contest that Sunday too, but in the Auditorium. On Tuesday, 18 February: Concert with lyrical group Los Fregolinos.

Concurso de Disfraces | Carnaval de S/C Tenerife 2019

More details of the Program for Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel.