Carnaval 2021: Santa Cruz mayor confirms decision that carnival is cancelled

Updated 8 October: They were going to decide last month, but they’ve decided today. Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2021 will not take place. The announcement was made by mayor José Manuel Bermúdez, who said that the pandemic simply will not allow the carnival to be celebrated in any form that would be recognizable, and which certainly could not have gone ahead with the traditional crowded events, the familiar street parties that underpin the whole month or so of the carnival, especially when it moves outdoors in the final week or two. Bermúdez said that there would be a televised gala homage to carnival in February instead, with details currently being worked on. Sadly, this is not likely to be the last carnival that’s suspended here next year.

Original post 23 July: It might feel a bit like tempting providence but Santa Cruz is already talking about next year’s Carnaval after this year’s was cancelled, in the end, because of the covid19 outbreak. Even assuming it really does go ahead, however, it won’t be going ahead in the usual pre-Easter season but later in the year. It’s not clear yet when it will be in 2021 but a decision will be taken in September: currently favourite is some time between April and July. One advantage of the later date is that it could allow the indoor events, usually staged in the Recinto Ferial, to be held outside. The theme of the 2021 Carnaval is Carnivals of the World: clearly considerations are heavily focused on the global covid-19 outbreak, even well into next year. 

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