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Friday, February 21, 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

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