The Magic of Tenerife - issue #4
March 1st, 2011


This is your genial webmaster John with the latest Tenerife Information Centre Newsletter!

In this month's issue, we'll be taking a look at:

- The second half of Carnival - the good bit!
- Where to obtain your fancy dress costume


The Second Half of Carnival - the good bit!

At last we are now into March and the second half of the Santa Cruz Carnival kicks into gear - the bit with all the processions, live music and dancing in the streets!

The Carnival always has a theme. Last year was "the History of Carnival", the year before was "monsters". This year, however, the theme is a person - Enrique Gonzalez. This gentleman is regarded as the father of the Carnival and died recently. Naming the Carnival's theme after him is by way of a tribute.

The first major event of Carnival in March is on the 2nd, with the election of the prestigious role of Carnival Queen. She is then able to lead the opening parade, on Friday the 4th. This starts the evening's festivities, at 7pm. The procession's route begins at Avenida Asuncionistas, taking in such places as Plaza Weyler and La Marina, finishing at Avenida Francisco La Roche.

Needless to say, at this point, there is a fireworks display.

At 10pm, there is the official Festival opening, in Plaza de Europa, followed, at 11pm, by live music and dancing in Plazas La Candelaria and Principe.

Partying continues over the weekend, then, on Tuesday the 8th, there is the Coso Apotheosis - the closing procession. This begins at 4pm. Later, at 9pm, there is live music with dancing, plus a firework display.

But, it's not over yet. On Wednesday the 9th, there is the "Burial of the Sardine" - a perculiar Spanish tradition involving a large papier-mache sardine being carried down to the sea, accompanied by a load of men dressed as widows, wailing their heads off.

During the next few days, there are such things as the Day Carnival, on Saturday the 12th and a vintage car exhibition on the Sunday. The festivites finally cease later that day, with the biggest firework display of the lot.


Where to Obtain Your Fancy Dress Costume

As I say in my webpage about the Santa Cruz Carnival, if you attend the celebrations not in fancy dress, you'll be the odd-one-out. So, to enter into the spirit of things (Canarian men being really into dressing up as women), you'll need to get yourself an outrageous costume.

In the south of the island, there are a few fancy dress shops and I'll attempt here to tell you where they are.

At Las Chafiras, there's a place called Carolann, which caters for fiestas, stocking loads of outfits (although it is said to be very expensive). It's found in the street behind Iceland.

In Las Galletas, there is a toy shop which also sells costumes and masks.

In Las Americas, just on the other side of the road from Patch, there's an area of shops and bars called City Centre. There's a shop there, on the first floor.

Also in Las Americas, you'll find one in the Santiago 3 Commercial Centre.

Finally, there are two websites you can visit. The first is and they provide fancy dress for all manner of occasions, including Carnival. Their shop is found in Los Olivos, Adeje. The second is and they even offer a delivery service!

So, you've no excuse now. Let's not have any t-shirts and shorts amongst you Carnival-goers. It's silly outfits all the way!


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This is John signing off. See you next month!

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