Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival, together with San Fermines and Las Fallas, is one of the most international celebrations in Spain. Moreover, it is considered one of the most popular carnivals in the world along with those in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Venice, Italy
There are two different parts, the “official” carnival, and the carnival in the street.
The official one is the most traditional. There are more than a hundred groups participating, made up of fifty components average each. These are: murgas, comparsas, rondallas, costume groups and musical ones. Any of them has its own competition, under controversy as a constant every year since, like in football teams, carnival groups often represent different neighborhoods of the city. The official carnival has its apotheosis in Carnival Queen Election Gala, in which the different candidates costumes are more spectacular every year. Carnival officially ends on Ash Wednesday, when the Sardine Burial takes place. Slightly similar to a falla in Valencia, the figure of an sardine is burned in front of a shaken crowd of widows.
On the other hand, street carnival, the most festive one, is summed up in citizens taking part. Everyone dresses up at will, although there is much more fun in friend groups dressing up all the same topic. People even deck vehicles which, in their particular way, are also dressed up for the occasion. Although Carnival had begun as a day celebration, it has been put off towards the late night more and more over the years, especially due to organizing several evening concerts. Street carnivals are concentrated on three main days, first Carnival Saturday, followed by the next Monday – as Tuesday is a holiday- and same week Saturday. All night long, “las mascaritas”, people wearing masks, make the most of their hidden identity. For several years, the event known as “Carnival by day” takes place on last Carnival Saturday. It is an attempt to make up these celebrations under the sunlight, when massive concerts and various activities are held. At night, since it is already the last one in carnival, everyone goes out to “burn” the last drops of energy and enjoy it until dawn. Then, “las mascaritas” have the traditional breakfast, chocolate and churros. In short, Carnival nights are usually defined as the most thrilling moment of the year, when the party, the good vibrations and the music come together for a few nights. These are the times when people dance without stop and anonymity behind the mask help to release another “me” less serious…