Puerto de la Cruz's Carnival takes place during the same week as the capital's Carnival and is one of the most traditional. Here, the festivities begin by electing the junior and adult carnival queens, followed by the Announcement Parade that marks the kick-off for the street parties.
Of course, Puerto de la Cruz hosts the most typical carnival events, such as the costume dance, the ceremonies, the parades, the great Coso Apoteosis procession and the so-called Sardine Burial. But its more unique events include a classic car rally, the announcement of the drag queen or the thrilling race for men in high heels called "Mascarita ponte el tacón".
The festivities also include a very unique tradition known as killing the snake. This ritual of Afro-Cuban origin was brought to the municipality in the late 19th century by Canarians returning from Cuba. During the celebrations, a host of men dressed in black attempt to kill a snake, which is the symbol of evil, using a whip.
As another fun fact, a group of Germans from Düsseldorf have been coming to celebrate the Carnival here for 25 years, while a group of local carnival-goers travel to the German city in exchange.