Carnival 2014 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

carnaval de tenerife 2014

 "CARTOONS" will be the main source of inspiration for choosing songs and disguises for the competitions and events of the Carnival 2014.



Carnival is celebrated in every town and village of the island, but the most spectacular carnival celebrations are to be found in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Puerto de la Cruz. The festival in Santa Cruz is the most famous festival of the island Tenerife. There is a full  programme of activities drawn up by the festivities committee of each town council.


Carnival is celebrated in the streets. The Plaza de España, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is decorated and many different kinds of stalls and kiosks are set up, giving the area music and a festive atmosphere. Once elections have been held for the Carnival Queen, her Court and the Junior Carnival Queen, a parade is organised to announce the beginning of the Carnival.

The following week is filled with competitions between different kinds of Carnival groups, bands and dance schools: street musicians, masked street musicians, costume contests and a parade of oldtimers. Carnival reaches its highlight on carnival Tuesday, with the "coso" (a parade that starts in the afternoon).



The funeral of the sardine (El entierro de la sardina) is another ritual that is carried out in all the places we have mentioned, although the "funerals" of Los Realejos, La Orotava and Puerto de la Cruz are the most spectaculous. The sardine is made from rags and cloths. In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, an enormous sardine sitting on a throne is carried through the streets on a float, followed by an entourage of mourners, men costumed as pregnant women and widows in floods of tears and general hysteria.


The festivities end on the Saturday and Sunday after Carnival Tuesday, with the "Piñata Chica" and all its shows, street parties, parades and exhibitions.



26th February: Gala for the Election of the 2014 Carnival Queen

28th Februar: Parade Announcer

4th March: Coso - Main Parade  

5th March: Funeral of the Sardine

9th March: End of Carnival 2014.


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