8th June 2023
Tenerife Carnival
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Tenerife has its carnival queen

The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, one of the biggest in the world, has its purple and white feather, glitter and gold-clad queen after a colourful contest at a gala night that ran into the early hours of Thursday.

Nineteen women competed for the top prize, wearing tall, dazzling dresses with names of their own – ‘the night’, ‘kiss me’ or ‘at dawn, I will conquer’, all of them several metres high and weighing dozens of kilos.

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Residents in Tenerife, one of the islands in Spain’s Canaries archipelago, prepare the carnival for months– an age-old tradition which annually draws tens of thousands of devotees, including tourists.

Tenerife Carnival
One of the 19 nominees for Queen of the Carnival of Santa Cruz shows off her outfit on the main stage during carnival celebrations in Tenerife on 27 February 2019. (Desiree Martin / AFP)

The gala night to pick the queen in the island’s capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the carnival’s biggest events, broadcast live by regional and national television.

At the start of the gala, giant, illuminated replicas of jelly fish, dolphins and fish sailed through the audience, immersed in a dreamy representation of the deep sea.

The over month-long event began on 1 February and finishes on 10 March with orchestras playing Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms throughout the festivities that range from the election of the Carnival Queen, the Junior Queen and the Senior Queen, to children and adult murgas (satirical street bands), comparsas (dance groups) and performances on the streets.

Now that the queen has been elected, music, dance and street parades will get into full swing.


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