Keeping up with the fiestas and parties that take place across Tenerife can be an exhausting business. Normally, barely have we recovered from the all night New Year parties, nor have the Christmas street decorations been taken down when it’s time to put up the theatrical masks and strings of light bulbs that herald that most hedonistic of times – the arrival of carnaval (carnival). Mercifully, as Easter falls very late this year, we at least have time to draw breath before the late February/early March madness begins.
Carnival signals the start of Lent when Catholics prepare for 46 days of fasting and prayer by using up all their dairy produce and meat and having one last, mad party to sustain them until after the sombre observances of Easter. In Britain that means pancakes; in Tenerife it means eight straight days of non-stop madness as Europe’s biggest street parties hit the capital city of Santa Cruz and the port town of Puerto de la Cruz before rippling their way down to the resorts of Los Cristianos and Los Gigantes.
As far as visitors are concerned, there are two types of carnaval experience. You can either line parade routes while troupe after troupe of scantily clad dancers, elaborately costumed clowns, fantastical floats and Carnaval Queens pass before your eyes, before heading back to your hotel with sore feet and a head and camera filled with amazing images. Or you can don fancy dress, head to the centre of the action at around midnight and throw yourself headlong into the mayhem. You may only survive one night or you may learn to do without sleep and sustain energy levels for more, but one thing’s for certain, pancakes will seem very bland from here on in.
Whichever you decide to do, we’ll be giving some essential advice and information over the coming weeks on where to go, what to expect and when to wear the little black number, garter and veil and when to reveal all with a plunging neckline. And girls, we’ll be giving you some costume advice too.
But for now, here are the main dates for your diaries:
Opening Parade Santa Cruz – 28th February 2014, beginning 7pm at Avenida Asuncionistas and following a route all the way to La Marina and Avenida de Francisco la Roche where it ends in a spectacular fireworks display.
Burial of the Sardine
Santa Cruz – 5th March 2014, beginning 9pm in Calle Juan Pablo II and following a route all the way to La Marina and Avenida de Francisco la Roche where the ‘corpse’ is ignited in fireworks.
Puerto de la Cruz – 5th March 2014, beginning 9.30pm in Avenida Colón and heading down Avenida Generalísimo and Calle Blanco to the harbour beach for the ‘cremation’ and fireworks.
Closing Parade (This is the BIG one with thousands of spectators – not to be missed)
Santa Cruz – 9th March 2014, beginning 6pm and heading down Avenida de Francisco la Roche and all along Marítima.
Puerto de la Cruz – 8th March 2014, beginning at 4pm in Avenida Colón and heading all along the front to Plaza Charco.
High Heels Marathon, Puerto de la Cruz – 7th March 2014, beginning at 10pm with registration of contestants in Plaza Charco.
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