Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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festival time in Tenerife

festival time in Tenerife

One of the great reasons to visit Tenerife in February is that it is carnival time.

From the Gran Gala Election of the Queen” on Wednesday the 11th of February11th February) which starts off carnival time to the closing day the 22nd, crowds head to the island to enjoy the fun and atmosphere.

Declared a Tourist Festival of International Interest in 1980, each year the event focuses on a different theme, and this year’s will pay tribute to “the future” and will be the source of inspiration for the festival’s floats and flamboyant costumes.  Considered the world’s second largest festival of its kind after the one in Rio de Janeiro, the  street party is a two week day-into-night experience that encapsulates the spirit and pride of the islanders, and welcomes visitors of all ages from around the world.

However the real party starts on the streets of Santa Cruz two days later (Friday 13th February) with the Opening Procession, a parade where the “Queen”, her bridesmaids, costumed performers, musical groups, comedy artists and dance troops weave their way through different parts of the city on floats, as the public line the roads to witness the spectacle. There are also a number of performance stages around the city where visitors can dance, drink and celebrate.

Access to the street party and Opening Procession during Carnival in Santa Cruz is free for visitors, although a limited number of events are ticketed, such as, the “Gran Gala Election of the Queen.”

For more information about the festival, click here.

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