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Monday, February 10, 2020

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 1995

Stage in the Plaza de España for Carnival 1995

1995 Carnival Poster
Last year we looked back 25 years to the carnival of 1994, the first time I'd been to carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife personally, and I thought this could be 'a tradition' we could repeat, so let's reprise carnival in 1995. That year the theme of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife was Las Mil y una Noches (One Thousand and One Nights) and above is the stage in the Plaza de España, inspired by the film Aladdin.

This was the last time the galas took place in the open air, before they were transferred to the Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos de Tenerife (The Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses), which opened the following year.

Carnival Queen of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1995, was 16 year old María Elena Luis Luis in a costume entitled, "Palabras Mágicas" (Magic Words), representing Páginas Amarillas (Yellow Pages) and designed by Marcos Marrero and María Díaz.

The jury of, among others, Seville designers Victorio & Lucchino and the comedian Pedro Ruiz, acknowledged the difficulty in choosing the winner from among the 25 candidates, due to the spectacular and colorful costumes. They held a celebratory cavalcade the same night, after which the carnival took to the streets for the next four days.

Below is the spectacular opening of the gala, followed by the Queen's coronation.



Gran Gala Reina del Carnaval de S/C de Tenerife 1995



Coronación Reina del Carnaval de S/C de Tenerife 1995

Below are images from the Children's Carnival Parade in 1995.

Coso Infantil 1995

The Cutest Elephants in the Coso Infantil 1995

Miss Piggy at the Coso Infantil 1995

Junior Carnival Queen at the Coso Infantil 1995

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