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Friday, June 05, 2020

Discussing the options for Carnival 2021

Coso in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019

Meetings began this week, on Tuesday, with the Concejalía de Fiestas (Department of Parties, literally) and various carnival groups to discuss the possibilities for carnival in 2021.

So far, three options have been put forward; the first, the contests will take place with the adoption of the sanitary measures to guarantee social distancing and the appropriate reduction in the capacity of the audience; the second, to reduce the number of members per group and even perhaps hold contests without the presence of spectators in the auditorium, and the third, to postpone the 2021 Carnival for at least one month, given that the next edition is one of the early ones, according to the lunar calendar, with the inaugural gala currently scheduled on January 15. These are the three alternatives that will be analyzed as the situation evolves and based on health recommendations.

No mention yet how they might propose to socially distance parades and parties in the streets, although in my humble opinion, that would be utterly impossible.

There are those who feel it would be better to cancel carnival in 2021 entirely, given the difficulties in planning, organising and practicing that probably would have been begun already, let alone the event itself, and instead divert the money that the council would have spent on the festivites to families in need. We shall just have to wait and see.

Fiestas inicia las reuniones para los concursos del próximo Carnaval

UPDATE 23/07/2020: Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been postponed to the second quarter of 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The city council will choose the final date in September 2020 and in consensus with the carnival groups. Three options are currently being considered: April, May or July 2021. New dates will be listed here.

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