By the way, the new poster for the Tenerife capital carnival is already out. It was created by the renown artist Pepe Dámasco from Gran Canaria. Its motto is Caribbean.
Example of Santa Cruz de Tenerife carnival popularity
Since 1987 the Carnival "Rave" performance with the Queen of Salsa and the Caracas Boys has been the Guinnes book of records event for maximum attendance in a Plaza. Over 200 000 people (more than all inhabitants of the city at that time) attended this open air show with the Cuban singer Celia Cruz at Plaza de España.
Enjoy the following Carnival song by Cecilia Cruz of a later event...
The most important street for the capital's carnival.
All fiestas are planned and organized in the so called party and fiesta street in Santa Cruz. That may be carnival or any other celebration for the Tenerife capital.
Mind most detailed time tables on this page are only examples of previous years, as not all have been set for 2017.
To be updated as soon as possible. Mind that Puerto de la Cruz is the
first Tenerife town so far which has a yearly summer carnival. In 2017,
it shall be by the Middle of September.
What about Tenerife Murgas of Puerto Cruz?
One of Tenerife Murgas dressed in relation to a theme
Every Tenerife town has Murgas as part of the mad season of carnival. All groups have competing shows. The one for the north of the island took place in 2016 in Los Realejos. It all contributed to Tenerife attractions of carnival success.
All Tenerife North Murgas competitions 2016
How many took part? 650 participants of which 3 children groups and 12 of adults.
Where? Los Realejos, Explanada del Emprendedor at the Industrial Poligano
When? January 24 for VII children Murgas Certamen competition a las 17.00
When for adults? January 25,26 and 27 with Final on Saturday of January 30 always a las 20.30
Tenerife North Murgas competitions 2016.
How best plan enjoyment of your key Tenerife attractions carnival in both Santa Cruz and Puerto Cruz?
Always on Tuesdays Santa Cruz Coso of Tenerife capital always before the Puerto Cruz Coso.
Always on Saturdays Puerto Cruz Coso always after Santa Cruz.
Unfortunately, the Santa Cruz and Puerto Cruz Sardine burial on a Wednesday Feb 10 contrary to Los Realejos that burns at San Agustin the Rascayú is to be replaced by La Rascachusa a female version who befriended cemetery skeletons as well as the Jardinero (gardener)at the end of the carnival
At least, all this leaves you free to see the unique Tenerife attractions carnival the night event on Fridays of Ponte Talon in Puerto Cruz.
Los Realejos Carnival 2017
When? February 19 until probably March 12. It will end with the burning
of Rascayú now a female version the Rascachusa and el Jardinero the day
after. Mind there will be a special festival of the Realejos
Filarmonica which will be 170 years old.
The original text which fits the Halloween type music of the strange
Rascayú, as it appeared in 2016. Skeletons clad in blankets dance
around the tomb of his widow where he visits every night. A truly unique
carnival character that is burned just like the Sardine.
Today, Murgas who are usually males are a most important part of Tenerife attractions carnival. They come from all corners of society. You can make them out often in parades where they resemble clowns. Every person in a group of Murgas must be clad in the costume with the theme of the group. Murgas in carnival festivals sing carnival songs where they, often, criticize society. Hence, the most witty group of a carnival presentation becomes famous.
Murgas who are not only street musicians perform in competing carnival shows. The first Murgas surged as a group of seamen in Santa Cruz in 1917. Murgas use popular folk songs by changing the wording to make fun of politics or social conditions on the island.
Murgas are not missing in any of the island's carnival parades, as they have become real Tenerife attractions as symbols of carnival besides the queens. By the way, they are subsidized by the Cabildo and private people in Tenerife. Subsidizing for all Santa Cruz Carnival groups has been augmented since 2009.
Example of top group of Murgas Santa Cruz de Tenerife and their winning topics
The Murgas Los Bambones won first prize in 2014 for the presentation of the following topics:
Una generación perdida which means a lost generation.
Despedida - Dismissed
Los que faltaban - Those that were missing (meaning that emigrated)
Friday Jan.27: Official start of the Santa Cruz Carnival of 2017
February.01, 02 and 03: Murgas children competition fun 1st,2nd and 3rd phases at 19.00 (hour to be confirmed)
Saturday February 04 Musical carnival groups
Sunday Febr.05 Festival of Carnival choreography
Febr. 06, 07 and 08: Murgas adults phases 1 - 3 (also at Recinto Ferial the congress center)at 20.30 (?)
Febr.11: Final Murgas competition shows at 20.30
Sunday Febr. 12 : Gala of Child Carnival Queen election (reina infantil)( at 18.00 €6 to be confirmed)
Wednesday Febr.15: Festival for about 100 different Carnival groups and Gala Election of the elderly Carnival queen ( at 17.30 ?)
Friday,Febr.17 Funny Song competition
Saturday Febr.18 (at 20.00 ?): Competition of many a magnificent Comparsa of top Tenerife attractions carnival. (Entrance fee €7?)
Sunday Febr.19, (at 11.00?) Election of best Carnival dress-up for both young and old as well as Festival of Rondalias at Auditorio Adán Martin
At the Teatro Guimerá
Tuesday Febr.21 at 20.30 Concert of the Group Lírico Musical Los Fregolinos and on
Thursday Febr.23 at 20.30 Festival of the Zarzuela del Circulo de Amistad XII de Enero Zarzuela event may be changed or may take place twice
Note that tickets may be purchased at the Entrance of the Recinto Ferial for Tenerife attractions Carnival
from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 17.00 to 20.00 from Mondays to Fridays or online here
Santa Cruz Tenerife attractions Carnival street events
Friday Febr 24 Cabalgata carnival introduction parade
at 20.00 which starts at Plaza de la República Dominicana, Avda. de la Asunción, Ramón y Cajal, Méndez Núnez, Pilar, Villalba Herás until Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena. (Cavalgada meant originally a horse outing or the like as shown here
Friday Febr.24 22.30
Street dance with Carnival Chicharrero big bands live music all night through from 22.30 to 5.00 at town squares Candelaria, del Principe and in Avda.Francisco la Roche
at 21.00 Rhythm and harmony competition (concurso) of the Comparsas in Avda. Francisco La Roche and at 23.00 - 6.00 street dance all night long until 6.00 in the usual places
Sunday Febr.26 at 11.00 Live concert by the carnival band and Murga the Afilarmónica Nifu-Nifa at Plaza del Príncipe.
Sunday Febr.26 at 12.00 Performance by the Afilarmónica Lírico Musical Los Fregolinos at Plaza del Principez
Sunday Febr.26 Day time Carnival street dance from 13.00 to 18.30 with live music, like always at Plazas Principe, Candelaria and Avda. Francisco la Roche
Sunday March 26, 2017 has been set for the Gran Coso Apotheosis Parade which used to be at the end of Carnival. This parade needs confirming most of all
Wednesday, 01 March Funeral of the Sardine at night at 21.00
Starting with procession from C/Juan Pablo II, Méndez Núñez, Pilar, Villalba Hervás, La Marina and ending at Plaza de España. Sardine burial in Avda. Maritíma followed by fireworks. Also street dance from 23.30 -02.30 with the Carnival big bands live music.
Friday, March 02 At 17.00 The Chicharrero Carnival Certamen Rondallas that are unique in the world performed most probably again at the Auditorio Adan Martin.
Saturday March 04 Day Carnival in Santa Cruz Streets and Plazas
Sunday March 05 at 11.00 The Afilarmónica Nifú-Nifá played for you probably again at Plaza del Principe.
Sunday March 05 at 12.00 The Afilarmónica Lírico Musical Los Fregolinos or the Nifú-Nifá will play for you
Sunday March 05 is also supposed to be the Gran Cosso parade from 4 p.m.onward but may have been changed to Febr.26 with fireworks at night. Perhaps, the show of La Zarzuela also on the last day Sunday 05 which needs confirming
Sunday March 05 from 16.00 onward used to be the big parade day of the capital's carnival Coso Apoteosis parade where warm and welcoming faces abounded to make this carnival so attractive.
The parade is expected to go from Avda.Francisco La Roche to Avda Marítima followed by street dance at night from 21.30 - 3.00 at Plaza Candelaria and fireworks This may have been changed for the previous Sunday March 26, as mentioned before and needs confirming
Sunday Feb 14, at 11.00 concert of Afilarmónica Nifú-Nifá at Plaza del Principe followed at 12.00 by a performance of the Zarzuela Group of the Círculo de Amistad XII de Enero. Also in this small park at 17.00 Gran fin de Fiesta del Carnaval 2016 at the Santa Cruz Circle club of friends Circulo de Amistad.
Notice that the principal Tenerife city has
the biggest amount of organized Tenerife attractions carnival, but many which are not in black print are more for Spanish speakers...
Find more information about Carnival events or shows further down listed under Murgas...
Murgas are not only Tenerife attractions. They feature in many Spanish speaking carnival countries.
Tenerife attractions carnival Burying of the Sardine
Don't miss the processions of the burying of the sardine in
the capital or in any of Tenerife carnival towns. Every year a carnival sardine made of paper maché is paraded through the streets. Tenerife fantasy never runs out to show her in different colors and decor. Although she looks gay despite dead, her mourners are dressed in black. Indeed, that includes children.
How and when watch Tenerife carnival parades?
Carnival parades happen by mid afternoons in the Canary Islands,except for the sardine burial with may be at night.
Best be there on the look out after lunch to find a good front place on parade streets. You can't catch a good shot of a carnival dancer such as depicted beside, or videos when heads obscure your camera lens. Hard chairs can sometimes be rented in the first line along some roadsides for about €2,50. No idea if you could bring your own camping chair if you notice some high up spot beforehand...I never tried this, but believe me there are few chances to get a good lookout...
Follow parades in the capital by the harbor(port) Avenida de Anaga or even near Plaza de España....
This is the big Samba workout which lasts right through the nights. Nobody sleeps.
Take part in this carnival frenzy and dance yourself slim ...
Or do you know a more fun way to lose weight quickly than with live Samba music when even masks are allowed?
Main locations are Plaza de Canderlaria/España and Plaza del Principe.
Tenerife parking and shopping during Carnival Santa Cruz
Mind staying over in Santa Cruz or nearby is a good idea. Parking during Carnival Santa Cruz will only be possible in the town outskirts. You can walk or catch a taxi while booking early helps. Most shops and malls may be closed. Therefor, less public transport is to be expected.
The favorite costume of a male youngster are clothes which he borrows from a sister, mother or girl friend.
Just for fun, you know...
Therefore the Santa Cruz Carnival poster shows Frankensteen with a negligent ballerina outfit in pink - and wings on him...
Carnival fun on the biggest of all Canary Islands is contagious, you know...
Europe's gay community is crazy about this sexy carnival event. Gays adore Tenerife attractions' carnival fun. However, the carnival laughter keeps everybody young. The Spanish would say ' están divertidos'( they are enjoying themselves).
Female Tenerife carnival splendor is so attractive
The feminine carnival cult which involves all ages is impressive.
The most striking, colorful, glittering, divine and feminine outfits are used for the dress up. Imagination knows no boundary.
Women often make their carnival dresses themselves. That way they have best control to become Tenerife attractions on carnival.
Over centuries they learned to bring out the female beauty and femininity with best dresses, perfectly.
Tenerife attractions carnival would not exist without the stunning ladies' costumes.
Tenerife Spain beauty election alias Carnival queen election?
To see the teenage girls at the gala for the carnival queen election in television is impressive. Their dresses have heavy rods on the bottom to make them swing. The head decorations with feathers but also much metal usually weigh very heavy on a scale. Rumors mention 400 kg. Perhaps that includes the rest of the attire.
This, however, does not turn such cumbersome carnival wire
dresses such as depicted in the photo beside less attractive for the girls.
Mind this is a glamorous carnival fashion turned into Tenerife attractions which were borrowed from the courts of Louis XIV in the 13th century. The dresses were so attractive that they were fashionable for a long time. They've kept on drawing
attention with the aristocrats of Spain and elsewhere in Europe for a long time. It became almost a global rage with the more wealthy women.
The adult Tenerife carnival queen of the mad season doesn't only receive invitations by major carnival cities. Fashion magazines like Elle or Vogue may open doors for her. Of course, her election was broadcast in television, as it is such a popular event. Then Tenerife females that shine like goddesses of attractions may be seen in other countries also thanks to satellites in the orbit.
Carnival design academy
The design for carnival queen and Comparsa dresses and headgear has been a proud tradition in Tenerife for many decades. Now, there even is an academy where foreigners are welcome to learn.
History of Tenerife Carnival
Tenerife carnival festivities became island attractions by official support as far back as 1775.
In 1852, carnival was, for the first time, funneled through municipal channels.
Those attractions on the island were needed for escape and illusions such as only offered by carnival.
The disguise fiestas were forbidden when General Franco had the say in Spain. However, Tenerife attractions carnival were still a force to be reckoned with. They survived underground with the Murgas and fiestas del invierno. But that is a long story... The wish for freedom of speech which is still so important to the Fufa of Nifu Nifa, to the Fregolinos as well as to many other Murga groups was too important to give up.
Anyway, when the dictator was gone the disguise returned to the island's streets again. In 1979 the first private companies started to support a total re-organization. Nowadays, a new theme or motto is chosen before new carnival events by year.
Tenerife attractions carnival 1920 and sixty years later
A good example of Tenerife Carnival history of 1920. with masqueraded ladies of Los Realejos with their very unusual hats.
Sometimes, even foreigners are selected by public tenders for the decoration of big humor and masquerading shows.
Posters are newly designed, printed and distributed every 12 months.
Tenerife attractions carnival for the youngest
The fabulously dressed child on the right with the unusual clown costume is one of countless. Mind many are much younger. No doubt, kids dressed for carnival are so cute. That's why they have their own queen called Reina Infantil. The masquerading season without this age group wouldn't be half as exciting.
Tenerife carnival benefits the gay community
In fact, it also offers great escape for expression of the still underprivileged gay people who contribute much
to the crazy weeks of the Tenerife winter
season. However, there is no official drag queen that represents Tenerife the island.
There are a couple of gay business men where I live. Both work in tourism.
They confirm that Tenerife attractions such as the island's carnival is much loved by the gay community who rocks up from
all over Europe to attend the island's carnival.
Also, there is this small, sympathetic open for all sexes gay bar which has German and Spanish flags outside during carnival. It's called La Barca and it is in Longuera Los Realejos in Calle Monturrio in my neighborhood.
Bistro Bar La Barca Toscal Longuera
Nobody is allowed to get harassed, there, not even during carnival.
It has best cocktails (also alcohol free) which draws more new comers during the crazy disguise season every year.
It's next to the good La Finca Restaurant which is a red house
and almost a landmark on a street corner where you get to the
sports stadium Los Realejos.(Pavillon)
What's got Düsseldorf to do with Tenerife carnival?
German carnival Tenerife Dússeldorf also made Puerto de la Cruz carnival different apart from its Mascarita Ponte tacon gay Marathon parade.
More honor for Tenerife attractions carnival
By the way, guess who was paying a visit to Santa Cruz in 2014?
The Carriocas a famous Parsas group from Rio de Janeiro took part in the Tenerife disguise events of 2014. In fact, Santa Cruz Carnival is the sister of the Brazilian one.
The carnival of the biggest Canary Island reminds us much of the famous carnival in Rio de Janeiro which you can see at
www.ipanema.com world. Rio carnival is number 1
attraction while Tenerife is in 2nd position now before London. In the UK they say that their carnival celebration comes 2nd.
Certainly, each of the former 2 has its particularities which some find more or
less attractive with weather being in Tenerife's favor but, both are great festivals.
The Tenerife carnival has been declared of International Tourism interest in January 18 of 1980. It now thrives to receive the UNESCO distinction of World Heritage Merit i.e. Patrimonio de Humanidad.
A Brazil Comparsa in Tenerife with some music from South Africa
Forgive me to show it here. I am such a fan of both the Rio de Janeiro Samba style and the Zulu rhythms. In fact, Rio de Janeiro is the carnival sister town of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The days of Tenerife attractions carnival are announced as events every year but may change slightly. Mind Easter doesn't fall onto the same dates every year either.
Why is Puerto Cruz carnival special?
As you may guess, it is its large foreign community which adores the Tenerife Carnival and all kinds of other holidays.
More important in the context Tenerife attractions Carnival is that
Puerto de la Cruz has a very active community for all kinds of arts which is celebrated during the Mueca Tenerife North art festival.
El Puerto, surely has its own style and has its own mad ways to spend the nights during its main two weeks of carnival.
It's amazing how many young people are cruising Puerto's hub during its craziest time of the year. Admire a lovely Tenerife girl(Tenerife chica guapa) from Puerto Cruz area
made up with fancy head ornament for carnival in the image beside.
One carnival example Puerto Cruz which sums up much of its spirit
I never forget a hilariously happy group of such youngsters.
One was carrying a miniature clothes stand which covered part of his upper body. The thing had washing lines with the most embarrassing underwear pegged on it. He paraded with that.
Just figure the picture...
He was wearing a short embroidered roundish apron with frills and checkers. One could still see the pants and his bare knees below. Rest of hairy legs with stockings not quite up to the knee were showing. If not mistaken he also had plaited hair. How the heck he did that, no idea...
I forgot the rest, but believe me, there were more ridiculous carnival details with this friendly guy. You see, it's those original accessories and the personality which goes with it that cause laughter. That's what Tenerife attractions carnival Santa Cruz and the rest of the island are all about. Puerto de la Cruz carnival is 2nd biggest of Tenerife attractions carnival after the Santa Cruz festivals of disguise.
Buy toys and Party supplies for Tenerife attractions carnival
Purchase carnival Fiesta and party supply at Toscal Longuera. Alternatively at Carolan C/Pérez Galdoso nº16 Tel.: 922 768272 in the Tenerife capital Santa Cruz or online at at carolan fiestas or carolan tenerife websides.
More towns for Tenerife Carnival
They are Candelaria, Garachico, Tacoronte, San Juan de la Rambla, Icod de los Vinos and San Miguel de Abona.
Even those without a harbor will burry a sardine or an alternative.
Some remoter settlements also celebrate the disguise festival, as it may be difficult to get to the carnival shows on the island.
Drinking and driving is the problem at that time of the year, you know...