Thursday, October 08, 2020

Santa Cruz suspends Carnival 2021

At the Rhythm & Harmony Comparsas Contest in 2019

A tribute gala and audiovisual events will keep the spirit of the carnival alive

The mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, José Manuel Bermúdez, has announced that the City Council has had to suspend the 2021 edition of the Carnival to protect citizens against the coronavirus pandemic. The "difficult decision" not to celebrate the carnival festivities in the street next year, is because there are no adequate sanitary circumstances for it.

“Right now we are experiencing two emergencies. One is the health crisis and the other is the socioeconomic crisis, which is a consequence of the first one ”, he said this Thursday during a press conference to inform about the news regarding the 2021 Carnival.

Bermúdez explained that no one would understand that Santa Cruz celebrated a carnival without people in the street, "which is the main force that our carnival has."

The mayor especially emphasized that "there are no sanitary circumstances [that would allow us] to celebrate the carnival as we have always celebrated, in the street and in a free and disorderly way, which is how we like to celebrate it." “Therefore - he continued - Santa Cruz de Tenerife will not celebrate the next edition of Carnival in the way we have been used to celebrating it for 60 years. We cannot celebrate it in the same way as always with thousands of people from here and abroad”. He recalled that the carnival of the Tenerife capital has taken place in it's current form since 1961, so it's "not an easy" decision.

Here, the mayor pointed out that it is a decision motivated by the persistence of the health crisis, since a second wave of the coronavirus is being experienced "that unfortunately we still cannot control"; and by the need to preserve "above all" the protection of citizens.

Bermúdez stressed that the Tenerife Carnival has thus been added to other great Spanish festivals such as the Fallas, the Sanfermines or the April Fair, also suspended at the time.

On the other hand, the City Council is working with the Carnival groups in the design of some activities that can maintain the spirit of the festivities during the weeks in which it should have been celebrated, activities that “would allow [us] to keep the flame alive of the party and remind us that we will always have the best carnival in the world ”.

Regarding the socio-economic consequences for society, José Manuel Bermúdez stated that “we are aware of what a decision of this type implies for the dozens of groups that make our Carnival great, as well as for our economic fabric and business, with an estimated impact for the city of about 30 million euros".He emphatically pointed out that "this government group has clear priorities: meeting social needs and contributing to economic recovery. "

Santa Cruz suspende el Carnaval 2021