According to many people the carnivals are one of the most well-known features of Tenerife and the best after those of Rio de Janeiro. All the islanders gather together at these annual festivities in a mass outburst of collective gaiety.
The main celebrations take place in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the areas near the port where people dance to the sound of the best Salsa groups.
Few are the inhabitants of Tenerife who do not prepare their fancy dress to show off during these happy days.
During the twenty seven days of the carnivals, many important festivities are held such as the election of the Queen, competitions of street bands, processions and above all the impressive
cavalcade which blends "Caribean" and "European" into a garland of colour and spectacle.
Whoever visits Tenerife during the month of February should not miss the vibrant and bustling celebrations and if possible join the crowd in fancy dress.
The Wednesday BEFORE Shrove Tuesday:
Election of the Carnival Queen. This event is a huge evening gala.
The Friday BEFORE Shrove Tuesday
Once it has it´s Queen, Santa Cruz Carnival takes to the streets on the Friday evening, with the Cabalgata Anunciadora, followed by the obligatory fireworks.
The main parade in Santa Cruz (The Avenida de Anaga and Maritima), form around 4pm and ends in a fantastic firework display at around 9pm.
Burial of the Sardine. This takes place in both Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz on the same night. Men dress up as ´widows´ to mourn the poor old sardine and generally party the night away.
The Saturday AFTER Shrove Tuesday
Junior parade in Santa Cruz and also the day of the main carnival parade in Puerto de la Cruz.
The Sunday AFTER Shrove Tuesday
Sunday morning is the Gran Concurso en la Ciudad de Automoviles Antiguos from the Calle La Noria in the old part of Santa Cruz.