Highlights of the Carnival of Santa Cruz 2018 and definition of terms

During the Carnival week in Santa Cruz you will hear some terms that we will explain to you today:

The “Comparsas”

These are the musical carnival groups that bring colour, joy and rhythm to the carnival with exuberant costumes and sonorous drums. Their competition took place behind closed doors on February 3rd, and they took to the streets on February 10th to show their choreography and great dresses at the “Rhythm and Harmony” parade on Francisco La Roche Avenue. You can also admire them at other carnival events and especially during the apotheosis parade.

The “Entierro de la Sardina”

One of the funniest nights is the funeral of the sardine. Here people disguise as widows and say good bye with sorrow and tears to the carnival. On Ash Wednesday, February 14th, at 10 pm the funeral parade begins, ending with the symbolic burial of the sardine.

„Apotheosis“ Parade

Carnival Tuesday is one of the most important days, as the parade with the “Comparsas” and the Carnival Queens draws through the streets of Santa Cruz. This year it will be on February 13th at 4:00 pm.

The “Rondallas”

The “Rondallas” are music groups and the first representatives of the Santa Cruz Carnival. Their performances are characterised by vocal technique and sarcastic interpretation of current political and cultural topics. The competition took place on February 4th and on February 11th and 12ththey we went to the streets and squares, where various performances took place.

“Piñata” Sunday

Sunday, the February 18th, is the last carnival day in Santa Cruz and will be celebrated more quietly after the parade on Saturday. In the morning classic cars drive through the city, while the farewell takes place at 9 pm with a big fireworks display.

We wish you a lot of fun at the Carnival 2018 in the capital of Tenerife!

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