Tenerife’s carnival time

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festival time in Tenerife

Next month, Tenerife enjoys carnival time and, because it coincides with half-term in some parts of the UK. Here is a list of the events that will be part of the celebration.

The main event which is scheduled from between the 19th of February and the 5th of March takes on a Caribbean theme in 2017. Buccaneer hats, feathered parrots, eyepatches and any pirate related items will all be welcome as the Canary Island pays tribute to all things Caribbean.

The Santa Cruz Carnival is the island’s largest festival, attracting hundreds of thousands of people to Tenerife’s capital city every year include a lot of British and Irish holidaymakers. Some of the most popular events of the Santa Cruz Carnival include:

  • Carnival Queen Election Gala (22nd February): Women in impressive dresses compete to be crowned as ‘Carnival Queen 2017’.
  • Opening Parade (24th February, evening): The starting signal for the street parties, led by the Carnival Queen and her entourage, and followed by costumed performers, dance troops and musical groups.
  • “Ritmo y Armonía” Comparsas Competition (25th February): The “comparsas” are the dancing groups of the carnival. Nowadays, there are many of them with their own unique style of choreography. They play a key role in the different events.
  • Family-friendly Day Carnival (26th February and 4th March): A popular event for children and families, featuring plenty of activities to keep all entertained.
  • El Coso (28th February): The carnival’s grand parade and the most popular day for visitors, who can see the floats and shows of the Opening Parade in daylight.
  • The Burial of the Sardine (1st March): A humorous and grotesque procession of mourners saying goodbye to the 2017 celebrations.
  • Fireworks Display (5th March): A colourful pyrotechnic show and the full stop of the carnival events.

Those staying in southern resorts such as Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas can also join the celebrations of the Santa Cruz Carnival as public buses will be operating, day and night, to take party goers from the south to Santa Cruz for the carnival’s main events.

There are even specially-decorated tourist buses which will be parading alongside the rest of the floats and visitors can books seats on these buses and join in with the fun. Most of Tenerife’s towns will be also celebrating their own carnivals with lively street parades and parties, including Puerto de la Cruz, Los Cristianos and Los Gigantes.

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