Update 2pm: Adeje Ayuntamiento has confirmed the arrangements for the arrival of Los Reyes Magos on Sunday. They will arrive by helicopter in the Adeje Municipal Football Stadium at 5pm and receive from mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga the key to the town by which the Kings can enter all the homes in Adeje to deliver presents. Prior to their arrival a special show is taking place in the grounds, a warm up for the parade later on that evening. The above photos supplied by Adeje will give a flavour of what to expect.
Tickets for the Stadium event are one euro and can be bought from the Adeje Cultural Centre, the Youth Centre and at the football grounds on the day of the event. The parade itself will start at the gates of the Adeje Casco primary school at 7.30pm and make its way up Calle Grande ending at Plaza de España. This year there will be about 400 kilos of jellies distributed during the parade! Once the parade participants have reached the Plaza de España the Kings will be seated and ready to receive cards and greeting from the children of the town, and parents will also have the opportunity to take photographs.
Culture councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera said that “this is one of the highlights, one of most exciting nights in the cultural calendar for many, and we have prepared a parade full of happiness and hope”. He added that “Adeje has one of the busiest parades in Tenerife, thanks to the efforts of all involved, from borough workers to neighbours, participants, dance and theatre groups, etc”. Sr Ferrera asked the public to cooperate with the security measures that the council has put in place. He said “we know that this is a day and evening full of excitement but we also ask people to respect the guidelines laid down by the local police, civil protection and organisers to avoid any sort of problem.
Among the floats will be the Kings themselves, and a Nativity Scene with Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. Drums and music will accompany those walking and dancing up the main street with students and teachers from the Adeje School of Music. The floats bearing Their Majesties themselves will be preceded by Royal Emissaries, in appropriate costumes. As is traditional, the Adeje Volunteer Fire Fighters will be taking part, and this year we can also expect something a little bit different with a snow car adding a touch of the cold stuff to the parade.
Groups taking part in the parade will include Almegesto Teatro, Teatro KDO, Ballet Beanky, Interludic Canarias, Dixie Band, Angelitos de Ángel, Tenerife Tigers, etc. There will also be some famous people walking up Calle Grande including Shrek and Fiona, Spiderman, Garfield, Pocoyó and friends, Winnie the Pooh, Tiger, Silvester and Tweety Pie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and of course the Witch, Callou, Sponge Bob, Patrick Squidward, Sandy and Mr Crab, Dora the Explorer, Mickey and Minnie, and lots more.
As always, the town will be packed so anyone planning to go will be well advised to get there early, and to use public transport wherever possible.
Update 3 January 2014: Arona Ayuntamiento has announced traffic measures in Los Cristianos on Sunday night for the annual Kings parade. There will be widespread parking restrictions from 2pm in the streets in and around the centre of town, and most the roads will be physically closed to traffic from 6pm – the exceptions are roads near the port which will be closed from 4pm. The Kings will arrive by ferry around 7pm, but crowds will start to build from at least 5pm, several deep lining all the pavements along the route, which I’ve described below.
In Spain, it is not just Father Christmas who delivers presents to all good Spanish girls and boys, it is also, and primarily, Sus Majestades Los Reyes Magos, their Majesties the three Wise Kings of the traditional and familiar nativity story. In recent years, Father Christmas has become increasingly popular, with many Spanish children now asking for, and expecting, presents from both sources, but the arrival of Los Reyes is still the most special of occasions.
“Kings’ Day”, Epiphany, or our Twelfth Night, is on January 6th, so everything apart from the most touristic of businesses will be closed, and as with Father Christmas, presents are delivered on the Eve, rather than the Day itself. Throughout Tenerife, therefore, there will be parades of Sus Majestades on the evening of the 5th.
The main parade, or cabalgata, is in Santa Cruz, but in south Tenerife, one of the most popular is in Los Cristianos, where the Kings arrive on camels at the harbour by ferry. Their procession starts around 5pm and follows the road up from the ferry, turns right up Avenida Suecia to Church Square, and from there parades to the Cultural Centre. In Adeje, the Kings arrive by helicopter at the El Galeón football ground, again around 5pm, and then proceed along the town’s main Calle Grande. As they parade, they throw little gifts and sweets into the crowd.
Apart from these two large cabalgatas, most towns have some sort of parade, and there will be something going on in all town squares. They therefore get extremely crowded, as the above videos of Los Cristianos and Adeje show, so get there at least two hours before it all starts for a good viewing position if you really want to enjoy seeing what’s going on.
In Santa Cruz, Sus Majestades arrive around 5pm at the Heliodoro Rodríguez López, and then parade through the streets of Tenerife’s capital. As always, there will inevitably be more people wanting to see them arrive than there are spaces in the stadium. Tickets are normally available a few days in advance, and normally cost €1, with the money going to charity. The Kings arrive from around 5pm, and then parade through the streets of Tenerife’s capital.