Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the Canary Islands, is the home of internationally annual largest and most marvelous carnival bonanza in the whole of Tenerife and in the world. The famous festivity includes the election of carnival queen, street revelry and a cabalgata (horse parade), costume competitions, parades, concerts and dance. The chaotic excess and enjoyment which are of full-blown Spanish fiesta will be held from 15th February 2011 until the 13th March 2011. The event attracts around a million people from all over the world.


The Carnival dates back to as early as 1286 in Italy. In Latin language, “carnival” means “goodbye to meet” and the whole event refers to the need of meat and animal products before its extraordinary pre-Lenten. Let’s enjoy the on-going carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife through the following series of photos.

Each year, thousands of visitors take to the street of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to celebrate this special event.

Thanks to the unique brand of festivity, the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is expected to title a World Heritage Site. The recognition hopefully boasts tourism.

The local dances, Caribbean rhythms and music take place every night over a week.

The most attentive part of fiesta is groups of singers who sing songs with content of political and social commentary.

The enthusiastic visitors are warmly welcomed by renowned hospitality of the people of Tenerife.

It is absolutely not an adult celebration. All people want to have little imagination, decoration and have fun.

Before the carnival weekend, one Carnival Queen is chosen in an election of carnival queen. The gala event is broadcast across the country.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is famous as fiesta-loving local and for its fine weather

Everyone coming to the island all enjoys the exciting atmosphere of the costumed carnival groups.

Dance and theatre groups add a beautiful charm to the ceremony.

Each year, thousands of participants come to disguise in the streets.



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