Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2021: Schedule & Travel

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain Start Date: 10/02/2021 End Date: 21/03/2021
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The Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival

If colourful costumes and breath-taking parades tickle your fancy, The Carnival of Santa Cruz will truly amaze you. Find out more about the carnival:

The Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival

The streets and Squares are filled with parades and a myriad of entertainment from the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival.

  • In 2021 the main days of the Santa Cruz festival are from February 10th-21st.

Practically every town and village gets involved in the carnival on some level. It is truly an island-wide event that the citizens of Tenerife are proud to be a part of.

What can you expect from the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival?

Those attending the Carnival of Santa Cruz can expect a magnificent spectacle. This fortnight-long affair provides a welcomed break before the Christian period of Lent. Furthermore the carnival serves as a celebration of the performing arts, personal expression and most importantly, dance.

Each year the carnival has a specific theme. Some past themes have included flower power (2012), the roaring 20’s (2002), and even space (1991). In 2018 for example; the theme voted for by the public of Tenerife was: “La Fantasia” or “Fantasy”. So you know you can expect some truly dazzling displays full of weird and wonderful creatures.

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In terms of actual organised affairs, three particular events stand out and have become a tradition each year for the Carnival of Santa Cruz. These are three of the most popular events and a must-see for anyone attending the festivities:

Election of the Santa Cruz Carnival Queen

  • February 10, 2021
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Place: Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos

This gala includes a variety of wondrous parades, but most importantly a parade of the carnival queen candidates. The queens are dressed in fantastic costumes usually decorated with elaborate feathered designs.

The public votes for their queen together with a jury panel and the winner is chosen! This is an honoured position and the whole election day is just a truly amazing spectacle. This event is broadcast live to the country and also on select TV stations abroad.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2018
Credit: www.webtenerife.co.uk

 

Announcement/Inauguration Parade

  • February 12, 2021
  • Day: Friday
  • Place: Plazas Príncipe, Candelaria and avda. Fco. La Roche

Typically held on the first Friday of the carnival, this is the first and most extensive parade that flows through much of the centre of Santa Cruz.

The announcement parade celebrates the opening of the carnival. It expresses to the world and citizens of Tenerife that the festivities have started, and that its time to party! It is also the first major chance for private sponsors of the parade to promote themselves.

Starting at Parque de La Granja, the parade winds through various streets including the Ramblas, Plaza Wyler, Avenida Islas Canarias, and concluding at the epic Plaza de Espana. Lasting for four or more hours, this parade is an unbelievable spectacle – expect beautiful and vibrant floats, costumes, decorations, music, dancing and more!

Burial of the Sardine

  • February 17, 2021
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Place: Plaza del Principe

This event might not be to everyone’s tastes but it is an annual tradition and one of the main spectacles of the carnival. The streets of Santa Cruz are decorated with mourning drapes. During the day, a parade is held through the streets and the central float is a giant Papier Mache sardine.

Followers dress as widowers and members of the Catholic Church and a funeral procession of sorts is held. You may not understand what is going on, but the spectacle, fish and the parade are like nothing else you will experience.

 

Other carnival themes

Throughout the two week period, there is a myriad of other events, parades, shows and concerts mainly centred on Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Be sure to check out the Grand Finale which usually happens on the last day of the carnival.It includes an immense parade along the main avenues in Santa Cruz and a pyrotechnic display. We have listed some of the other major events together with their location from the 2021 carnival:

Rondallas Festival & Costume Contest – 02/07/2021

  • Musical festivities and costume display
  • Day: Sunday
  • Place: Tenerife Auditorium and Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos

Festival of La Zarzuela – 02/11/2021

  • Epic musical theatre
  • Day: Thursday
  • Place: Guimera Teatro

Carnival of the Day – 02/14/2021, 02/20/2021

  • Fantastic carnival celebrations
  • Day: Sunday (23/02) and Saturday (29/02)
  • Place: Plaza de Espana, Principe and Candelaria

Classic car display and gran carnival finale – 02/21/2021

  • Old car show and closing firework display
  • Day: Sunday
  • Place: Avenida Francisco La Roche (car display) and Círculo de Amistad XII de Enero (gran finale)

This is just a small snippet of the festivities and activities you can attend and there is so much more to discover. We wholeheartedly advise attending as many of the events listed above as possible as they will give you a great introduction to the carnival.

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For those stopping in Santa Cruz, we would also advise simply heading out of your hotel and wandering through the streets to see what you can find .there are numerous events happening in every corner of the city and sometimes the best days are those that aren’t planned.

Most of the main events take place in the three main squares of the city; Plaza de España, Plaza de la Candelaria and Plaza del Principe. Consider exploring these areas in particular and the surrounding streets and avenues.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival – immerse yourself in this iconic event

There is no other event like this in the world. The usually quiet and laid back island of Tenerife comes alive for the carnival. Every city, town and village becomes awash with vibrant decorations, fantastic parades and a contagious party atmosphere.

Year in year out, the carnival organisers and comities surpass themselves and provide the locals of Tenerife and the waves of visitors with a true spectacle and a fortnight of frolics and fun!

If the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival has grabbed your attention, we highly recommend travelling to the Canaries largest island, dressing up in a dazzling face mask and carnival attire, and letting your inhibitions take over!

This will be a once in a lifetime experience and you will be swept away by the whole colourful affair! Book your carnival now!

What is the Common Music at Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival?

Salsa and Merengue is the most dominant music at the Santa Cruz Carnival, but you can hear most music genres throughout the entire festival.

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