Puerto de la Cruz Goes for the Guinness Book of Records

Thu, November 25th, 2010 - By Andrea Montgomery

It seems that the youth of Puerto de la Cruz have even more reason to make as much noise as possible on the upcoming Eve of San Andrés (Saint Andrew’s Day) as this year, the town is hoping to be able to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the longest cacharrera in the world.

A cacharrera is the traditional toy of San Andrés and consists of a long train of empty metal cans or bits of scrap metal which is pulled across the town’s cobbled streets making an almighty din. Traditionally, it’s supposed to emulate the sound of wine barrels being rolled over the cobbles on their way to the sea to be washed.
Of course, all the poor visitors who don’t realise what the tradition is all about just sit eating their roasted chestnuts with their fingers in their ears bemoaning the ‘youth of today’.

Anyway, back to the Guinness  Book of Records…if you want to be a part of this bizarre endeavour, go along to Plaza Charco early on the evening of the 29th November and add your particular cacharerra to the record breaking attempt. It doesn’t have to be fancy. The left overs from a Saturday night session on the Dorada cans strung along a piece of nylon will do nicely. As long as you can still pull the final cacharerra, even if towed by a car, it will count for the record.

Many of the town’s residents use the opportunity to rid themselves of the pile of scrap metal that’s been lying in the yard all year so you’ll see everything from car bumpers to old ovens in the metal chariots being pulled by teenage lads.
I’ve been wondering how to get rid of the old washing machine which we replaced earlier this week…

Posted : Thursday, November 25th, 2010 at 10:41 am
Category : festivals & carnivals
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