Tenerife Passion And Brazilian Rhythms For Los Cristianos Carnaval It’s the biggest, brightest, and most outrageous show of the year, it’s all free to enjoy and takes place just down the hill from Hotel Paradise Park in Los Cristianos. Carnaval is packed with tradition and appeals to all ages, you may not have danced for years but you wont be able to resist the infectious rhythms of the bands, singers, and dancers.
The celebrations cover the whole of Arona and start with the opening Cabalgata parade from Veronicas in Playa de Las Americas on Saturday 2 March before taking centre stage around the showground set up next to the Valdes Centre at the main crossroads of Los Cristianos. This years theme is Brazil but although many wear costumes and fancy dress everyone is encouraged to join in the fun.
Sat 2 March – Cabalgata Parade, 7pm from CC Gala (by Veronicas), Las Americas Wed 6 March – Seniors Dance, 6.30pm at Showground next to the Valdes Centre Thurs 7 March – Gala Queen Election, 9pm at Showground Fri 8 March – Junior Carnaval Queen Election, 7.30pm at Showground Sat 9 March – Street Carnaval, noon to 5.30pm at Showground and Plaza del Pescadora followed by street parade from the Cultural Centre to Los Cristianos beach (ferry side) At 8pm Drag Queen Election at Auditorio Infanta Leonor, 8pm, tickets 3 euros. At 11pm Grand Dance at the Showground Sun 10 March - Classic Car display, 10.30am at the Valdes Centre Coso Parade, 5pm from Paloma Beach Apartments to the Los Cristianos Cultural Centre, followed by a grand late dance at the Showground. Mon 11 March – Sardine Funeral, 8pm from the Cultural Centre to Los Cristianos beach
The nights dancing at the showground in the Valdes Centre car park goes on into the early hours of the morning. For many the Coso parade on Sunday 10 March is the star attraction and a real family favourite, the floats and costumes are lavish and colourful and the dancers and bands taking part love to pose for photos for the crowds that line the route.
The sardine funeral is wild and features wailing widows in black and a huge sardine carried along the streets and down to the beach where it is set alight amid showers of fireworks. Carnaval always brings out the best in Los Cristianos.