German Carnival Tenerife is known in Germany as Karneval
auf Teneriffa. It has been a much loved feature of the so called
Düsseldorfer Fifth Season for a long, happy era.
Needless to say, the German founder of Loro Park always paid a warm welcome to every Düsseldorf Prinzenpaar, year by year. A Prinzenpaar in this context is a German royal Carnival couple.
Portrayed is one with Prinz Thomas II and Venetia Anke during the Puerto Cruz Coso Apotheosis of 2012.
In February 2017, the friendly international Carnival alliance of the two towns celebrated its 45th anniversary. It was also the year when the Puerto de la Cruz Carnival was very happy to receive a mayor of Düsseldorf again. It was Thomas Geisel. This happened after Joachim Erwin was Puerto's last guest in 2003 and no others had come for 14 years.
The early hour Hoppeditz funeral would allow a Düsseldorf Prinzenpaar to attend the Sardine cremation at night. This may not always be practical, though.
That's when the big winter exodus to Tenerife by German tourists took off by air. German Carnival Tenerife and its friendship with Puerto de la Cruz were beating all records by 40 years and peaked in Germany in 2013. That's when the last Tenerife Reina de Carnaval (carnival queen) was celebrated in the leading city by the Rhine.
Unfortunately, LTU stopped its flights. Eventually Air Berlin was the last sponsor on a large scale for the German royal Carnival friendship from the right hand side of the Rhine. The Air Berlin sponsorship had been displayed on the Düsseldorf carnival float for many years.
On February 18, 2013, Köln Neuss the rival from the other side of the
mighty river steps in as an alternative with a somewhat smaller group.
The 'Düsseldorfer Jecke' had decided to go to Berlin, instead.
However by the looks of it, German carnival in Puerto de la Cruz is there to stay. Why?
Depicted above is part of the carnival float from Düsseldorf. On top are its charming Prinzenpaar Prince Christian III and Princess Venetia Alina.
It remains to wonder who the handsome Carnival General is that stands in the front. His richly adorned red uniform with medals would make any military man most happy. It's not the German mayor Thomas Geisel who was watching the parade from an elite location.
Outgoing Jecke from Neuss by Düsseldorf greeted bystanders with a friendly "Helau" the German Düsseldorf Carnival salute.
They were closely followed by the Neuss Karneval Prinzenpaar. They graciously spoiled bystanders by throwing masses of Candy sweets down into the street.
Such exercise would have warmed up the Puerto de la Cruz Reina Infantil the little girl queen of 2017. She was shivering in her carnival outfit when I saw her in the semi shade before the parade started.
Also, the distribution of Carnival medals by the Germans and their flag at the Puerto town hall will remain a precious momentum.
These traditions will remain highlights like Puerto's Gay Marathon.
As not to forget, a Puerto Cruz Carnival delegation of seven persons will attend the coming Düsseldorf Karneval for one week, as is custom. The Tenerife adult as well as the Infantil Reina del Carnaval of 2017 will be part of the group.
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