Puerto de la Cruz carnival

Puerto de la Cruz carnival in Tenerife which has been declared international is indeed special. Mind it was and will remain second on the island or a superb alternative for Santa Cruz for a long time. This is contrary to what Carnival Arona i.e. Los Cristianos is claiming. Less tourists that stay in in oldest Tenerife resort are no proof for less attendance,  for instance.

Besides, many overwinter in Tenerife North from Buenavista del Norte as far as Punta de Hidalgo and further and have loved the Puerto de la Cruz carnival for decades. Sure, some may only attend some of the shows,  such as the Mascarita Ponte Tacón, the classic car carnival rally or other spectacles.

So what makes the Puerto carnival unique?

The spirit of the locals who didn't give up during Franco days either which ad to the masquerading Fiesta's long history.

Then, there aren't only the subtropical paradise surroundings of Avenida Colon, but also those of the Avenida Lavaggi where the carnival parade also shows up.

News for 2019: Its dates have been set between February 18 and March 10 while the last week will have the most important events that are preferred by tourists.

Preview for the Puerto de la Cruz carnival 2019

  • February 18: Opening day of the Puerto Carnival
  • February 24 and 28:Galas to elect the infantil and adult carnival queens
  • March 02: Presentation and evaluation of best carnival costumes of the town
  • March 06:  Sardine burial procession from opposite Lido Martianez to the Muelle i.e.the port of Puerto Cruz
  • March 07: Day of Reception of the German Carnival delegation and its Royal couple
  • March 08: beloved Gay Parade LGTBIQ high heel parade the Men Marathon Ponte Tacon
  • March 09: Apoteosis main Puerto Cruz carnival street parade
  • March 10: Pinata when the elderly of the parade with the Elderly queen are most prominent

We shall keep you posted about other repeat events of the carnival of Tenerife's oldest resort, such as the classic car exhibition by Playa Martianez, the day of its parade, the Culata and other popular as well as eventual new shows.

The following photos of the Puerto carnival  will give you an idea of what to expect, although the new theme for 2019 is Space where Star Wars characters and other science fiction fantasy of the world of other planets will be welcome.

Marvel at 2017 scenes captured at the Costa Martianes where tropical palms, subtropical dragon trees and many exotic flowers abound.
    A few paces further on was also the spot of the town's street funeral parlor of the Sardine which see here.

More beautiful Costa Martianez carnival photos.

Underneath, admire an enchanting former Puerto Cruz Carnival theme at Calle Zamora by the town hall.

History of the Tenerife Puerto de la Cruz carnival.

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 said to the Tenerife holiday home insider. He is the elderly man of one of the Tenerife estancos (special shops) by the ancient Puerto harbor.
  Don Francisco also mentioned the classic car parade which was already a Puerto carnival feature, way back last century. You find its link with photos and info under the main general topic of Tenerife attractions carnival on the bottom of this page.

Secret Puerto Carnivals?

We are told by the elderly gentleman from the little harbor shop 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, he said.

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.

Modern photo gallery Puerto de la Cruz Carnival.

The Reina infantil child queen of 2019 Puerto de la Cruz was Shamara Hernández Gonzaléz.

Depicted above are the 2017 international as well as the child carnival queen called Reina infantil in Spanish.

Tenerife history of Puerto's carnival.

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.

When a family follows the carnival parade

Nowadays, there are smaller families that join in to the parade fun. All are welcome, you know...

The German Puerto de la Cruz carnival alliance.

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 Puerto 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 were already Puerto carnival features in earlier decades. The crazy vehicle and car rally event another spectacle that is unique to its town followed, eventually. Indeed, there are many reasons to visit the number Two carnival of Tenerife.

Mascarita Ponte Tacon

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 El Puerto. This show draws between 20 and 30000 visitors every year.

Second poster carnival 2018 of El Puerto Cruz

Later,  another  Puerto de la Cruz carnival event was added. It's called Mascarita te conozco. In 2019, it takes place on Plaza Europa with a date still to be set.   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.

A repeat of the last summer carnival of Puerto Cruz

The celebration of the September Carnival in the island's oldest resort is meant to be a warm up for the next Winter carnival of Puerto Cruz. Also, it serves the public to vote for the new poster and have late summer fun.

Tenerife summer carnival Puerto de la Cruz.

  • When? Always round about the third weekend in September from a Friday to a Sunday.
  • The start?  On a Friday at Loro Park, while events and shows with live music encourage street dancing on Plaza de Europe during the Summer Carnival of Puerto de la Cruz.
  • Parades and shows ? Comparsas and musical groups perform with live Samba and drum beats between Costa Martianez as far as San Telmo.
  • Murgas? A murga winner and gay celebrity characters from Gran Canaria are never amiss in Puerto's September carnival. 
  • Other special visitors? LGTBIQ people are always attracted by the high heels of the Margarita Ponte Tacon gay parade which may take on a Saturday in summer, though.
  • Some beach hotels near Lago Martianez will display popular carnival costumes of the town's winter event.
  • Sunday events?   Children fun activities on Plaza Europa     

Video clips by the Tenerife holiday home insider

They are from 2019 and clearly show the Rio de Janeiro flair where the bouncy and rhythmic Samba is most prominent.

Another popular Puerto de la Cruz parade with disguise characters

The Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos the most important Christmas event parade in Puerto de la Cruz.

About the Venice carnival more here.

From Puerto de la Cruz carnival back to Tenerife attractions carnival. There find several links to more great fun of Puerto Cruz disguise events.

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