The Carnival in Santa Cruz may be over but here in Los Cristianos we have only just begun.
This year Carnival is dedicated to Pirates, corsairs and buccaneers. Visitors should not be surprised to find hidden treasures as well as mythical monsters around Los Cristianos between 1st and 12th March.
The second largest carnival on the island has all the essential elements of the festivities in the capital only on a slightly smaller scale. It lasts for almost 2 weeks and each of those days is packed with events, be it Queens, groups of costumes, floats or vintage cars. With so many things taking place I thought it may be useful to give a rundown of what to expect and times of the most popular events.
The south has it’s full quota of Queens and at 8.30 on 1st March all the candidates for Children’s Queen, Queen of the Third Age and Queen of Carnival will be presented in front of the Valdés Centre in Los Cristiano. This is the where all the galas for electing Carnival royalty will take place.
- The Gala for electing Queen of the Third Age will take place on 6th March at 9.00pm.
- The Gala for electing the Child Queen will be 7th March at 7:00pm
- The Queen of International Carnival will be elected on 8th March at 9.00pm
- And the election of the Drag Queen will take place at 9.00pm on 9th March.
- This will be followed by a dance to a live band.
At 9:00pm 2nd March the competition for choosing the best Comparsas (again in front of the Valdés Centre) will be held. These are the musical groups that bring colour, and joy to carnival with exuberant costumes, choreography and samba rhythms that get the crowds swaying in time to the music.
The Coso Apotheosis is one of the most emblematic events. This multicoloured parade, with Comparsas, Carnival Queens and floats displays all its splendour on Sunday afternoon 11th March at 4.00pm The route goes from the Paloma Beach apartments, on avda Juan Carlos I, past the Cultural Centre and ends in front of the Valdés Centre. Thousands of people line the route, tourists and visitors dress timidly, while locals can be seen wandering town in fancy dress.
As a new week starts Carnival is almost at an end but not without saying a final goodbye. One of the funniest events is “Entierro de la Sardina”. This consists of a funeral parade of people dressed as widows, crying and saying good-bye with lots of tears at the symbolic burial of the sardine. It is carefree, irreverent and takes place at 9.00pm on 12th March starting at the harbour in Los Cristianos and ending outside the Culture Centre where DJs are waiting to entertain the crowds for several more hours.
I hope you have lots of fun at the Carnival and below I have included the programme of events not listed above.
SATURDAY MARCH 3rd
12:00 WIG PARTY, with Europa FM in front of the Valdés Centre
7:00pm Young Arona entertainment by several DJs and locals outside the Cultural Centre.
7:30pm Carnival Cavalcade from CC Gala Avda Rafael Puig Lluvina to CC Oasis Avda Las Americas.
SUNDAY MARCH 4th
12:00 Carnival Concert by the Band of Arona, Plaza de La Pescadora
5:00pm Carnival parade (Opening parade) plaza de la Pescadora to the beach of Los Cristianos
6:00pm Meeting of murgas de Tenerife in front of the Valdés Center
MONDAY MARCH 5th
7:00pm Festival of choreographic groups in front of the Valdés Center
FRIDAY, MARCH 9th
7:00pm Dance of the Third Age of Carnival Patio of the Cultural Centre.
24:00 Entertainment by several local DJs plaza de la Pescadora
SATURDAY, MARCH 10th
Day Carnival with two stages:
12:00 Family day with performances and workshops. Plaza de La Pescadora,
12:00 Stage 40 with national and international artists.in front of the Valdés Center
5:00pm Costume contest Plaza de la Pescadora
8:00pm VI Carnavalera beach route in homage to the great songs of the Carnival From and returning to Plaza de la Pescadora by way of several town centre streets.
10:00pm Evening dance entertained by Armonía Show and Wamampy. in front of the Valdés Centre
11:00pm local DJs entertain at Plaza de la Pescadora
SUNDAY, MARCH 11th
11:00 Display of classic and antique cars in front of the Valdés Centre
12:00 Pet contest in front of the Valdés Centre