Thousands of people enjoyed the splendour of the Carnival of Santa Cruz and while it may be the biggest on the island and nothing can quite compare in size, here in the south, Los Cristianos is preparing for its own spectacular event.
At 4.00pm on 26th March, one of the most anticipated events in Arona’s calendar will take place – the Coso Apoteosis. This year’s theme is Las Vegas, but that is only a rough guide, there will no doubt be the annual favourites like Elvis and Michael Jackson joining the likes of Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe.
The streets of Los Cristianos will be festooned with colour and fantasy as locals and visitors alike will be proudly wearing their costumes for the occasion.
Prime viewing spots are bagged early, last year more than 50,000 people watched the main parade. And while preparation down by Paloma Beach may look chaotic, there is a system, thankfully known to those with clipboards who direct performers to assembly points.
The Coso will feature bedecked floats and cars, children’s and adult queens, as well as drag queens with their respective courts of honour, musical groups, the winners of the costume contests and numerous famous characters. It is a spectacular, multi-coloured caravan full of fantasy and illusion.
Perhaps not on time, but eventually wagons will roll. The drummers set the pace, everyone falls into line, and the show we have all been waiting for begins.
Thousands of local people and tourists discovering carnival for the first time will enjoy an exciting and unbridled day full of fun and giggles, and the best atmosphere imaginable. It is all very impressive.
For those who still have any energy left there will be dancing and partying late into the night, then all that is left to do is bury the sardine!
When it comes to glam, Arona put on a great show. More than 150,000 people are expected to attend the different events of the main Carnival of the South and you can find the full programme HERE