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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 1999

Carnival Queen in 1999, Laura Pérez Castro

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1999 was Laura Pérez Castro in a costume entitled, "A los pies de Yalpur" (At the foot of Jaipur) designed by Vicente Vargas and representing Azul Televisión

In 1999, the court was made up as follows:

  1. 1st Maid of Honour: María Sonia Francisco Padilla, with a costume entitled "Centroamericana" (Central American), representing Centro Comercial Alcampo - La Laguna and designed by Leo Martínez.
  2. 2nd Maid of Honour: Yaiza Díaz Sánchez, with a costume entitled "El poder de lo inverso" (The power of the reverse), representing Centro Comercial del Mueble and designed by Miguel Ángel Castilla Abreu.
  3. 3rd Maid of Honour: Ingry Tavío Mejías, with a costume entitled "Tiffanys", representing Almacenes El Kilo and designed by Leovid Canarias.
  4. 4th Maid of Honour: Rebeca Saray Paniagua Navarro, with a costume entitled "¡Que las baile Rita la cantaora!" (Let Rita the singer dance them!), representing Academia de Modas Mayjo (Mayjo Fashion Academy) and designed by Expedita Hernández.

The theme in 1999 was 'Comic World': and the stage returned to the Plaza de España, with a set filled with superheroes. To preside over the stage of that year, a patriotic superhero for the island of Tenerife was created, who was baptized as "Super Chicha" short for "Super Chicharrero" (chicharrero being the popular name of the inhabitants of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife). The character was created by Guillermo Afonso and Captain America served as inspiration for his creation. 

The giant statue of Super Chicha was located in the centre of the stage in the Plaza de España, next to it was a bust of Lara Croft along with more superheroes from the world of comics. A wall that mimicked a comic page served as a backdrop and Super Chicha, with a raised fist and the shield in the other hand, seemed to be coming out of it.

After the carnival, the original sculpture of Super Chicha was exhibited in the La Salud neighborhood market in Santa Cruz de Tenerife until 2012, when the City Council was forced to dismantle the sculpture due to its deterioration, causing a great controversy in the city and the island, especially among the carnival groups. It is expected (hoped?) that in the future a copy of the original statue can be made and placed outside the Casa del Carnaval de Santa Cruz, the museum dedicated to this emblematic festival.

At present, Super Chicha continues to be considered an allegorical and recurring character of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival. During the 2017 carnival, the costume used by the members of the Los Chinchosos murga was precisely Super ChichaSuper Chicha wears a blue mask with white wings, blue chest and white gloves, the rest of the costume is blue, with white boots and carries a shield in the colors and shape of the Tenerife flag.