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Even with the start of the 'new normality' on 21 June 2020, popular fiestas and most large gatherings and events are still prohibited and social distancing guidelines still in force. Dates listed on this site, therefore, are still subject to cancellation or change and we will update, where we can, when any new information is made available.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Shrove Tuesday will not be a holiday in Santa Cruz, plus plans for Christmas & Los Reyes

Carnival Main Parade on Shrove Tuesday 2020

Mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, José Manuel Bermúdez, has announced that Carnival Tuesday, which falls on February 16, 2021, will not be a holiday. The City Council is already considering different possibilities, which will have to be approved in plenary this month.

In an interview, José Manuel Bermúdez has admitted that having to suspend Carnival due to COVID-19 "does not feel good. It feels bad", and acknowledges that it has "hurt a lot" having to have made this decision, "but you could see it coming." The mayor emphasized that the data on infections have not improved and that the city is being affected by an obvious second wave: "Everything could get worse and there is nothing to indicate that mass events will be possible in February. We cannot guarantee the health security and, Carnival is not the same without being able to go out and make social contact of all kinds ".

He considers that next February there may be "nods" to Carnival, such as going to work in costume, but from his point of view, "holding events or private parties is irresponsible and we are going to be very vigilant," he warns.

Despite the suspension of the Carnival, José Manuel Bermúdez pointed out that Councilor for Fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, is working on a gala that can be televised nationally and internationally, with which "to keep the flame alive." "It seems that we were not so badly directed when the rest of the municipalities are suspending their carnivals too," he adds.

CHRISTMAS AND THE THREE KINGS


Regarding the Christmas and Three Kings campaign, the mayor announced that it will be different from other years, trying to comply with the COVID standards, although the streets will be lit and decorated as always "so that people can enjoy themselves, attract visitors, but respecting the COVID restrictions and in a more phased manner".

Bermúdez indicated that the City Council is already working on a program that they will present at the beginning of November and that it will begin with the traditional event of switching on the lights, but with a smaller format, added the mayor.

And as for January 5, he confirmed that the Three Wise Men will arrive in Santa Cruz: "Possibly by helicopter and we will look for a formula, discarding the traditional parade, so that they can greet some children, and of course we will hand them the keys to the city."

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