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History Carnival SC

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Carnival is the most popular festivity in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the most participative of those held on the Canary Islands. In 1980, it was declared “Fiesta of International Tourist Interest”, and in 1987, it entered the Guinness World Record Book as the largest gathering of people in an outdoor plaza to attend a concert- more than 200.000 people.

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Carnival Queens

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Daytime Carnival

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Groups

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Burial of The Sardine

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History Awards

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Song of Laughter

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Characters of Carnival

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Carnival Posters

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Parade and Coso

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Ramón Guimerá Guerra

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The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is celebrated in Tenerife since the late arrival and early European settlement, after the conquest of the Canary Islands , soon becoming the most popular festival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the party ‘s participatory of all those held in the Canary Islands, a party that, since 1980, has the distinction of being officially declared “Fiesta of International Tourist Interest,” a feast of deep popular roots combining some elements such as costumes, shows and parades with a mass dance, healthy and boisterous party, on the street, outdoors, day and night, in various ways from the old town center and its central squares , with an environment that admires and sundry by the huge public participation and the extraordinary hospitality in healthy coexistence and shared fun. Such a massive party that, since 1987 , in the book of Guiness Records with the largest share of the public -more than 200 thousand people- at a dance held in open place, at that time entertained by the band Billo ‘s Caracas Boys and singer Celia Cruz, Spain square in the capital of Tenerife. A party was also diffusing and revitalizing carnivals celebrated in different populations because of the Canary archipelago, despite the prohibition established in these celebrations throughout the country during the dictatorship of Franco, learned to dress herself the euphemism of “Winter Holiday“, not to perish at that time, as it happened to other carnivals that were held in various locations from Spain.

For the people of Tenerife, such is the importance of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, all year, the population santacrucera prepares its participation in the festival, as part of any of the groups or making carnival floats, costumes or any other item involving an art and craft activity to be exposed, or to the individual and collective enjoyment, during the days of holding the celebrations in healthy fun that exists in every public road, every street, in every square, where they get to congregate, dancing at the same time, more than 250 thousand people, dressed in the most varied costumes, in an atmosphere of revelry that is contagious, living and enjoying the celebration of Carnaval recognized as one of the best carnivals in the world.
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Brief History of the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, by Ramón Peña Guimerá
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