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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2021

Members of Comparsa Los Cariocas at the Coso Apoteosis (Carnival Main Parade) 2020

More details of the events, which will run from February 17 to March 7, have been presented to the media this Wednesday by mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, councillor for fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, director of the gala, Enrique Camacho, and presenters, Laura Afonso and Alexis Hernández. The traditional ‘Gala de la Reina’ (Carnival Queen Gala) will be replaced by a show entitled ‘Santa Cruz, Corazón del Carnaval’ (Santa Cruz, Heart of Carnival), where 20 candidates will compete to become the ‘guardians of the sceptre’ - there will be three in total - until the 2022 edition. The show will be held on March 7 at the Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses and broadcast by RTVE and RTVC, featuring 20 queens from the last decade, adults and junior and seniors. 

The murgas will have their space with 'La Canción del Siglo' (Song of the Decade), where ten murgas elected by popular vote will compete for first place, and the troupes will do the same with 'La Noche de las Comparsas' (The Night of the Comparsas), broadcast on 5 and 6 March respectively. The rondallas, musical groups and children's groups will be present in the productions 'Las Voces del Carnaval' (The Voices of Carnival).

This 'alternative' carnival will promote participation through telephone votes and via social networks and will bring together 7 photography contests and an exhibition at the Casa del Carnaval on the history of winter festivals. All this is complemented by a series of multimedia surprises that will be revealed during the carnival period. 

The mayor has appealed to citizens for responsibility in complying with the restrictions imposed by Covid-19 and asks that private and alternative parties do not proliferate. "I hope not because those decisions affect us all," he commented. 


Bermúdez insisted he never thought that a mayor would suspend the carnival in the street - a decision adopted in October - and with the confidence placed in the return to normality in 2022, believes that this new programming will keep "the flame of carnival alive”.

The budget for this edition drops by 40% but subsidies to groups and workshops are maintained because they do not want to lose anyone and help, in part, to maintain jobs linked to carnival. The economic impact to the city will be about 35 million euros, which will especially affect restaurants, hotels, commerce and the textile subsector, so it's hoped that this programming will serve as a promotion with a view to next year's edition.

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