Carnival - Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2014 Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2014 Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife(PREVIEW):
26th February: Gala for the Election of the 2014 Carnival Queen
4th March: Coso - Main Parade (4 pm)
5th March: Funeral of the Sardine
9th March: End of Carnival 2014
Santa Cruz Carnival Agency
C/ Antonio Domínguez Alfonso, 7 (antigua calle La Noria)
38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Horario atención De 8.30 a 14.45 h
Phones 922 609 600 - 922 609 601 - 922 609 602 - 922 609 603
Fax: 922 242 366 - 922 609 606
Carnival is celebrated in every town and village on the island, but the most spectacular carnival celebrations are to be found in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Puerto de la Cruz.
The Santa Cruz festivities are almost the island carnival as it attracts so many people from all over the island. There is a very complete programme of activities drawn up by the fiestas committee of each town council.
Carnival is celebrated in the street. Plaza de España, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is decorated and many different kinds of stalls and kiosks are set up, giving the area music and a festive atmosphere. Once elections have been held for Carnival Queen, her Court and the Junior Carnival Queen, a parade is organised to announce the beginning of Carnival.
The following week is a busy one filled with competitions between different kinds of Carnival groups, bands and dance schools: murgas, rondallas, comparsas, fancy dress competitions and a parade of antique cars. Carnival reaches a climax on carnival Tuesday , with the "coso" (a parade that starts in the afternoon, early evening).
The burial of the sardine is another ritual that is carried out in all the places we have mentioned, although the "burials" held in Los Realejos, La Orotava and Puerto de la Cruz are the best. The sardine is made from rags and cloths. In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, an enormous sardine sitting on a throne is carried through the streets on a float, followed by an entourage of mourners, pregnant men and widows in floods of tears and general hysteria.
The festivities end on the Saturday and Sunday after Carnival Tuesday, with the "Piñata Chica" and all its shows, street parties, parades and exhibitions.