Thursday, June 23, 2022

Beginning at the end: Burial of the Sardine

Burial of the Sardine 2019 We were there!

Thursday, June 23, is when, starting at 8:00 p.m., the Carnival in the street begins with the Burial of the Sardine. Usually this event falls on Ash Wednesday and is supposed to mark the end of the carnival revelries (ignore the fact that they carry on to the following weekend) and the return to everyday normality and eating sardines (at least no meat) for Lent. 

Putting the ending at the beginning is so ironic, so surreal ... so Tenerife! :)

Santa Cruz will open the Street Carnival burning COVID on the night of San Juan

The 2022 Carnival is not only celebrated in a totally atypical month and with an unusual calendar, but it will also host a very particular Burial of the Sardine, with the pardon of the mackerel and the burning of a Covid virus as a symbolic element as the kick-off for the street carnival, but also the wish for a definitive goodbye to the pandemic.

This species of Burial of the Sardine According to San Juan will take place on the night of the bonfires, so the day promises to be special. With a more colourful design than usual, the Afilarmónica Ni Fú-Ni Fá, which already announced her pardon during the Carnival Queen Election Gala, will accompany, as usual, the float that will lead the parade. The particularity of this year will not make the funeral procession lose one iota of its traditional irreverent and carefree spirit. The people of Santa Cruz can thus, instead of saying goodbye, welcome in the Carnival in the street, after almost a month of contests and galas.

The route of the cavalcade of mourners will be the usual one, starting at eight o'clock at night, leaving from its usual point, on Calle Juan Pablo II and going through Méndez Ñúñez, Pilar, Villaba Hervás, La Marina and ending in Plaza de España. The burning of the virus will take place on Avenida Marítima around 10:00 p.m. and later, the dances will begin. On this occasion, there will be two stages that will host the Canarian orchestras that will enliven the night, those located in the Plaza de la Candelaria and the Plaza del Príncipe.

On the first night of the street party, that of June 23, Night of San Juan, and in which the Burning of the Sardine Virus will be held, the music will end at three in the morning.