Puerto de la Cruz carnival in Tenerife which has been declared international is indeed special.
It takes place in surroundings that look truly subtropical.
News for 2018: Its dates have been set between February 3 and February 18 while the last week will have the most important events that are preferred by tourists.
The following photos of the Puerto de la Cruz carnival will give you an idea of what to expect, although the new theme is Greek and is named Carnival on Mount Olympus (Carnaval en el Olimpo).
The best scenes of 2017 were captured at the Costa Martianes where palms, dragon trees and many flowers abound.
A few paces further on was also the spot of the town's street funeral parlor of the Sardine which see here.
Carnival celebrations at the oldest Tenerife resort never really stopped. It continued slightly more low key dubbed as winter festivals.
This is what Don Francisco of the ancient Estanco by Puerto's little harbor said to the Tenerife holiday home insider.
Don Francisco also mentioned the classic car parade which was already a Puerto carnival feature, way back last century.
We are told by the elderly gentleman from the Estanco that not all such masquerading events were behind closed doors. Not even after General Franco's law of 1936 that forebode all disguise in public... Happy street shows, such as the flower festivals, followed suite.
Also, related celebrations were staged inside the old Recova of Santa Cruz.
But that was in the capital, of course.
Don Francisco emphasized that his late photographer brother had quite a few carnival photos.
We may assume that they were from the Sixties when they represented the Winter Festivals.
The images were lost later on, unfortunately.
Otherwise, the estanco owner has a good point, as there is also a known street Carnaval photo of 1920 of Cruz Santa which was captured before Franco's regime.
Depicted above are the 2017 international as well as the child carnival queen called Reina infantil in Spanish.
Carnival parties were already the rage in the days of Puerto's wealthy Irish merchants. Besides, the Italian bankers introduced the Carnival masks to Tenerife which were so famous in Venice.
Nowadays, there are smaller families that join in to the parade fun. All are welcome, you know...
Returning immigrants from South America added the figurative killing of the Culebra snake from Cuba. This began in the Seventies when tourists started to arrive by air from Düsseldorf on Los Rhodeos airport. The German carnival alliance followed suite, soon after.
Those were also the days after Franco. Then, sponsors, such as local beer brewers, Loro Park and other business owners could afford to contribute financially.
By the way, fraternities and march bands joined already in earlier decades. This was followed by the crazy vehicle rally event eventually.
This idea of a mascarita with high heels was most probably another way of celebrating the Gay carnival of Las Palmas in the oldest Tenerife resort.
Later, another carnival Puerto Cruz
event was added. It's called Mascarita te conozco. In 2018, it takes place on Plaza Europa at 9p.m. on February 12. It received publicity by a poster as big as that of the main theme of 2018. It's all about a reality
show competition by drag queens or any other persons. The participants
have to impersonate a character that's bound to be known by the public. Want to be one of the competitors?
The celebration of the September Carnival in the island's oldest
resort is meant to be a warm up for the main event of 2018. Also, it
serves the public to vote for the new poster and have late summer fun.
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