The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the most popular costume parties in the world. It is held in the capital of Tenerife, one of the seven Canary Islands. In 1987, it earned the Guiness Redord of being the largest share of the public at a dance held in open place –more than 200 thousand people. Since 1980, it holds the distinction of being officially declared “Fiesta of International Tourist Interest”, regarding the incredible amount of tourist visiting the island on the carnival season. It also was the only carnival parade that scape the government censure during the Franco’s dictatorial regime, making it the only celebration of this kind that has been held continuously in Spain. Today, the carnival is a very important part of the life in Tenerife. There is people that work all year long on the carnival logistics.
The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a really fun party, but can be exhausting and overwhelming. Being host in a different city and moving to Santa Cruz for the special events, allows you to have the best of two worlds. Luabay Tenerife located in the center of Puerto de Santa Cruz, only 20 minutes away from the capital. Being hosted here grant you the relaxing sensations of beach vacation and the closeness of the carnival activity.
This year carnival program starts at the end of January and end in March. The first contest to be held are the music groups singing “murgas”. These Spanish traditional songs provably where initiated on the Cadiz carnival and have evolved until today. They are performed by a group of a maximum of 17 people, usually men. They lyrics are ironic, and usually tent to go about a controversial social issue.
After de musical presentations, the parades and costume contest star. The first to be crowned will be the junior carnival queen, follow by the senior carnival queen. The Gala to elect the Carnival Queen 2014 is the main event, this year will take place the February 26th. This ceremony is transmitted in national TV and covert by many journalist and media around the globe. Along the carnival season, the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife become a big scenario for incredible costume and colorful floats showing the huge local talent and creativity. In 2014, the carnival theme will be cartoons.
Following the catholic tradition, the end of the carnival is indicated by Ash Wednesday. On this date, Catholics go the church to be mark with ashes on their foreheads as a reminder of human mortality. In Tenerife, there is also the tradition to celebrate the “Burial of the Sardine”. It is a parody funeral procession that culminates with the burial of a cardboard sardine, as a symbolic figure. Those who participate symbolically buried their past actions in order to begin a new year. What a great end for a great party!