Friday, June 03, 2022

Long-awaited Inauguration of Carnival 2022

Inauguration of Carnival 2019 at the Parque Marítimo César Manrique in Santa Cruz

The Inauguration of Carnival 2022, will take place on Friday, June 3 at 9:30 p.m. at the Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses (Recinto Ferial). 

Not since 2019 has Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife been held with complete normality; 2020 was disrupted by calima and high winds, if it narrowly missed being curtailed by the start of the pandemic; 2021 was cancelled because of COVID with only virtual events held and this year, has been postponed from it's usual pre-lenten slot to be held in June.

Now, possibly the most long-awaited party finally arrives, tonight. It's going to be interesting to see how things pan out. My feeling is that rather than any momentum having been lost since the record breaking last day of the 2019 carnival, when 400,000 people gathered in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, participants and carnival lovers have been waiting for over 2 years, with the engine revving, just waiting to be allowed to take their foot off the brake.

This year's carnival may seem to be getting closer to something normal, but it will also be very different. While you might think the weather will be better in June, the heat will make it harder to prance around in costume for any length of time - if you're going, pack more water - and familiar events will be held on an unfamiliar schedule. As for the contests, there's a high level of participation and over the next weeks we'll bring you details, lists and links to better understand, so that you can (if you wish), follow events with more knowledge, which - as if that were needed - might make it more enjoyable, more exciting and more fun!

Some carnival events can be followed online via CarnavalTVC.