Updated 28 November: The big news for Carnaval 2018 is that Saida Prieto, the carnival queen candidate horrendously burnt when her fantasia (carnival dress) caught fire back in 2013, will try again to be Carnival Queen. She will be representing the newspaper Diario de Avisos, and says that she hopes to recover her dream as well as she has recovered her health. I imagine that she will carry the goodwill and hopes of the whole of Tenerife with her, and I can’t imagine what it would take for this enormously brave woman now not to be Reina of Carnaval 2018!
Updated 6 November: The dates for the 2018 Los Cristianos carnival are now confirmed as 1-12 March, with Pirates, Corsairs & Buccaneers as the main theme, a world of adventures, hidden treasures and mythical undersea monsters which will all be coming into land in the harbour, Arr Jim Lad! The full programme will be unveiled in due course. Click the poster to the right to see full size.
Updated 8 October: The Santa Cruz carnival now has its poster, the main image above.
Updated 4 September: The public can now vote for the carnival poster, and among the ten finalists there is just one non-Canarian, artist Marc Olbrechts (left, click to enlarge). All you have to do to vote is click HERE, then choose your favourite, click on it and scroll to the bottom and click the blue vote button … there’s one vote per IP.
Updated 2 August: The dates for the Puerto de la Cruz Carnaval are 3-18 February, and although the Santa Cruz carnival voters selected Fantasía rather than Ancient Greece, over in Puerto de la Cruz the carnival theme has been chosen as Greek Mythology, and the poster already designed (right: click to enlarge). Carnival Tuesday will be on the 13th, with the burial of the sardine on Wednesday 14th. The men’s fancy dress high heels marathon, the Mascarita Ponte Tacón, will be on Friday 16th, and the Gran Coso parade on Saturday 17th.
Updated 1 June: Any designers or artists out there might be interested to know that the design of the main poster for the Santa Cruz carnaval – famously the second biggest carnival in the world – is being thrown open to the public. The council’s fiestas department says that entry is open to everyone, and the rules for the design competition will be published HERE and in the official website Carnavaldetenerife.com in a few days … but that designers should get started on their projects now! The theme, chosen by public vote as posted below, is Fantasia.
Original post 2 April: Carnaval has only just finished, but as I reported in the Carnaval 2017 post, voting opened to the public last month to choose the theme of the Santa Cruz Carnaval 2018, which will take place between 7 and 18 February. Out of the options of carnival on ice, Fantasia, New York, the Old West, Savannah, the Renaissance, and Ancient Greece, the leader from the start, Fantasía, has won. And so, we already have an idea of what to expect in January and February next year!