Updated 27 February: For some, perhaps many, it’s the highlight of any carnival when the carnival queen is chosen, and tonight is the night in the Santa Cruz Carnaval. It’ll be live on La2 from 9.30pm, and with the ceremony over, Carnaval spills onto the streets of the capital. The opening parade is this Friday, 1 March, leaving the Plaza de la República Dominicana around 8pm and then proceeding via avenida Asuncionistas, Ramón y Cajal, Galcerán, Plaza de Weyler, Méndez Núñez, El Pilar, Villalba Hervás and La Marina, terminating in avenida Francisco La Roche. There’ll be a few sleepless nights in Santa Cruz over the next ten or so days!

Updated 23 February: Carnaval season is now in full swing. In Santa Cruz, the murga groups have competed and now the music and dancing groups have taken the stage and the carnival queens are being chosen: the young and mature queens have been chosen with the main Reina gala this coming Wednesday. After that, carnival will spill onto the streets of Santa Cruz for a full-blown party culminating in the burial of the sardine. In Puerto de la Cruz carnival is also underway with the carnival queen being chosen on Thursday coming. The full programmes are HERE for Santa Cruz and HERE for Puerto de la Cruz. Los Cristianos carnival starts on 21 March, and its programme is HERE.

 

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