The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
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19 Feb 20201 Mar 2020Traditional Festival
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The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is considered as the second most popular and internationally known carnivals, after the one held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Carnival de Tenerife 2020 starts on Wednesday, 19 Feb 2020 and lasts till 01 Mar 2020.

This festival is famous all over the world for its popular and amazing flavour. For two weeks, the city streets come alive with freedom and extravagance.
This festival is famous all over the world for its popular and amazing flavor. For two weeks, the city streets come alive with freedom and extravagance.

The carnival has a different theme each year. The theme for the carnival is usually chosen by an online poll on their official website.

Encarnación del Carnaval Marino
The theme for 2019 Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife was “The Deep Sea” (Las profundidades marinas). The official poster is also chosen annually.

The event to elect the Carnival Queen is one of the carnival’s main and the most popular events. It is held on the Wednesday of the first week of festivities.

Carnival Queen
The candidates of this amazing and spectacular competition parade in all their glamorous finery on a 1.200 m2 stage wearing amazing costumes.

Once the carnival queen is elected, the parade announcing the start of the Carnival takes place on a Friday, where thousands of people fill the streets for hours!

Carnival de Tenerife
This carnival is the most popular festivity in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. In 1987, it entered the Guinness World Record Book as the largest gathering of people in an outdoor plaza to attend a concert – more than 200.000 people.

There are a few most popular events during the carnival:

The Opening (Announcement) Parade

Carnival Opening
The Announcement Parade marks the beginning of the Carnival. It is a spectacular multi-colored spectacle where thousands of people march for hours along the main streets of the city.

Burial of the Sardine (Entierro de la Sardina)

Burial of the Sardine
In Spanish culture, the Burial of the Sardine is a celebration which marks the end of carnival. It consists of a large parade and culminates with the burning of a symbolic figure. It is a great time for religious and spiritual reflection.

Daytime Carnivals

Daytime Parade Carnival of Canta Cruz de Tenerife
During the Carnival of Santa Cruz, there is also daytime dances and live performances all around the city. People of all ages and families enjoy a costume dance party. Thousands of people attend these daytime activities each year.

Video: The Carnival de Tenerife