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The 2020 Tenerife Carnival; dates for the island’s biggest party

Have you chosen your costume? The 2020 Tenerife Carnival is just around the corner and, as always, is going to be full of great moments. If you’re in a hurry or don’t know the dates, don’t worry. Here are the key events and our recommendations for your calendar…

The start of the street carnival

Carnival Queen Tenerife

Although carnival lasts for almost the whole of February, the street carnival kicks-off with the Queen’s Election Gala. It is on Wednesday, February 19 and is when the 2020 Carnival Queen gets chosen. 2019’s Queen, Priscila Medina Quintero, remembers it as “an unforgettable night, something I will always remember and if I could, I would repeat again”.

Hardly surprising, as the Carnival Queen leads the Announcement Parade, the first major street event which, this year, is on Friday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m. Decorated floats and cars parade along the streets, watched by crowds waiting to see the new Queen and her Bridesmaids.

Comparsa Tenerife Carnival

The next day, on February 22, carnival returns to the street for the Comparsas Rhythm and Harmony contest. The troupe’s batucada drumming and colourful costumes fill Francisco la Roche Avenue with noise and fun. Last year’s winners, “Los Joroperos” along with director Fernando Hernández, received the prize thanks to their “work of many years, sacrifices and discipline, but also, great enthusiasm”.

The first carnival weekend closes with the Day Carnival which begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 23. It is a good opportunity for families and other people who want to celebrate during the day, and lasts well  into the afternoon.

The great week of Carnival

The main carnival week starts on Monday, February 24 with an intense street party where everyone dresses up, dances and enjoys themselves late into the night.

Tenerife Carnival in the streets

The next day, Tuesday, February 26, the Coso Apoteosis of the Carnival is the high point of the festivities with a huge parade where everyone participates: Murgas, Queens, Comparsas, carnival troupes … All come together at one of the most anticipated and attended events of the whole carnival. It starts at 4:00 p.m. on Francisco La Roche and Maritima Avenues.

The end of the Carnival

El Burial of the Sardine on Wednesday, February 26 is one of the most comical moments, with widows and mourners attending the symbolic burial of “Don Carnal”. It is the final event of the official carnival holiday season.

However, the icing on the cake is that the street party isn’t quite over yet. There’s a Day Carnival on Saturday, February 29 and a final hurrah on Sunday March 1st with the Grand Carnival Party End 2020.

Have you got the important dates in the diary? Then put on your costume and come and join in at the year’s biggest party.

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!