Carnival at Canary Islands: queens, comparsas, cavalcades
In Canary Islands there’s a long tradition of Carnival, the feast of joy and color is present in almost all islands, each with its particular celebration.
The spirit of this party is based on turning you for a few days into a different character, a parody of someone or something and give free rein to imagination and fun.
What to see on each island?
Carnival of Tenerife
In Tenerife are many municipalities that celebrate carnival, although the places are concentrated in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Puerto de la Cruz.
The capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, begins its contests to choose the best dance of that edition of the carnival, the so-called comparsas, as well as the murgas contest, which are vocal ensembles that sing composite lyrics for the occasion by combining Criticism and humor; And the competition of rondallas, groups of lyrical character that combine vocal interpretation and instruments of pulse and pick. In close to the week of festivities in the street, the Queen of the Adult, Child and Third Age Carnival is chosen in galas where the spectacularity of the costumes and the color are authentic protagonists.
The Carnival week of Santa Cruz begins with the Cabalgata Anunciadora, a parade that officially opens the most popular Carnival, which is enjoyed in the street and in which we can see musical groups and the candidates for Queen on the first Friday night .
On Saturday night there will be another competition of comparsas (on the street), is the so-called “Rhythm and Harmony” where the Carnival dance groups deploy their arts to surprise the public that is concentrated in the Avenue of Francisco La Roche.
On Sunday, Carnival is enjoyed during the Day, a newly created modality that encourages the streets with live music and various shows and adapts to the most familiar needs. On this same day the costume contest is held.
On Monday you can enjoy music during the night, a party of a more adult character.
On Tuesday, the streets are full of activity to welcome the Aposoosico Carnival Coso, the grand parade in the morning (11:00 a.m.) where participants travel around the capital to the rhythm of drums and music.
On Wednesday the “widows” come out to mourn the Burial of the Sardine. A procession that parodies the death of a large sardine that at the end of it will succumb to the flames.
On Thursday you can enjoy a Festival of some of the rondallas that participated in the contest.
Friday is the day of Children’s Coso where the youngest are protagonists of the day.
On Saturday we enjoy another day of Carnival by day and on Sunday the carnival week closes with various performances and with an exhibition of fireworks.
Find more detailed information at: http://carnavaldetenerife.com/en
Gran Canaria and its carnival
On the island of Gran Canaria carnival is celebrated in several municipalities but the most famous are Las Palmas and Maspalomas, this last one has increased its relevance for being the most important tourist area of the island.
The Carnival of Las Palmas has also, as the one in Tenerife with murgas competition, election of the Carnival Queens and competition of comparsas, but it has a contest that has become national and international reference that is the Drag Queen Gala, an event In which the contestants to the rhythm of the music realize a show in which transform their disfraces on vertiginous platforms.
Carnival week is lived differently in the capital of Gran Canaria, Saturday begins with Carnival to the Sun, a parade of murgas, comparsas and batucadas in Las Canteras, from La Puntilla to the Auditorium and vice versa.
On Sunday the smallest of the house enjoy celebrations in squares and corners of the city.
On Monday night of this year 2017 the glances will focus on the Drag Queen Gala.
On Tuesday the party is concentrated in the Santa Catalina Park, where the public is enlivened with live concerts.
Friday continues the carnival at night, with activities for a more adult audience.
On Saturday a big parade runs through the city, with floats, masks, cars and a great citizen participation.
Sunday marks the end of the celebrations with the Burial of the Sardine, where the procession of false mourners accompanying the Sardine is repeated until Las Canteras beach where the figure that has been walked will be burned
More info at: http://lpacarnaval.com/es
La Palma and Los Indianos
At La Palma they celebrate Los Indianos, a parody of the Carnival that has been celebrated since 1920 but has taken a greater relevance since the 80s. It recalls the emigrant of the early twentieth century who left for the Americas, Especially to Cuba, in search of fortune and a better life and that returned to the island with money and success.
The participants of this festivity dress in clothes inspired by the 20s in white colors, men with guayaberas and pants and women with long skirts and shirts. It is a tradition that attendees rub or powder each other by throwing talcum powder.
This holiday is celebrated throughout the day of Monday, including early morning on Tuesday.
Los Carneros at El Hierro
On the island of El Hierro is celebrated a tradition in dates of Carnival aren’t very known, Los Carneros de Tigaday. Every Sunday and Tuesday of Carnival the young people dress in skins and mutton antlers to frighten, to laugh and to stain the face with bitumen of the people who are by the way.
Lanzarote in Carnival
On the island of Lanzarote the main carnival activity is centered in Arrecife with the election of the Carnival Queen, murgas and parade contest, although there is also activity in Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca.
More info at: http://www.carnavalarrecife.es/
On the island of Fuerteventura is a model similar to that of Arrecife, with election of the Queen of Carnival, murgas contest and Coso.
In San Sebastián de La Gomera we live the Carnival with the gala of election of the Queen and the Coso .
If you are going to visit the Canary Islands in carnival season you better consult leisure offer and activities of each city.