Santa Cruz Carnival Gets off to a Glittering Start

Bucking the trend of carnival weather and defying the threatened rain which was forecast to hit the city last night, Santa Cruz staged a glamorous and glittering opening to its 2012 Carnaval in a dry and balmy 18ΒΊC.

Tenerife Magazine joined over a hundred thousand onlookers lining the route for the Cabalgata opening parade on Friday night which featured some 20,000 dancers, Murgas, musicians, fancy dress groups and of course, the newly crowned Infant, Third Age and Adult Carnaval Queens and their Dames.

Spanning more than three hours, the parade laughed, sang and danced its way through the city, setting the scene for the all night parties which will see the capital’s streets thronging with fancy dress clad crowds for the next eight days and nights.

Amongst the ‘celebrities” making an appearance in the parade, we spotted Michael Jackson, Captain Jack Sparrow (who’s remarkable resemblance to Johnny Depp had us doing a double take), Charlie Chaplin, Barbie and Harpo Marx.

Looking suitably refreshed after her gruelling schedule of photo shoots and interviews following the Gala Election on Wednesday night, Carmen Gil Gonzalez, Carnaval Queen 2012 waved and blew kisses to onlookers as she passed by in her spectacular costume ‘Imperio’, designed by Santi Castro.

When Tenerife Magazine interviewed Carmen the day after she was crowned Carnaval Queen 2012, she was hoping that the warmth of the crowd would make up for the lack of coverage in her costume as she braved the night air. In the event, the weather joined forces with the crowds to ensure her wish was granted.

Β‘Viva Carnaval!

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Adeje Three Kings

Title: Adeje Three Kings
Location: Adeje Football Stadium, El Galeon
Description: The Three Kings will be flying in by helicopter to the football ground at 5pm and after a right royal welcome of a show they will lead the procession up to Calle Grande at around 7.30pm to meet the children at Plaza de EspaΓ±a.
Start Time: 17.00
Date: 2012-01-05

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Watch Los Tres Reyes (The Three Kings) Parade, La Orotava 2011

Tenerife Magazine was in the beautiful old quarter of La Orotava to film the arrival of the Tres Reyes (Three Kings).

In Spain, it isn’t Father Christmas who brings gifts to children on Christmas Eve, but rather the Three Kings who, just as they brought gifts to the baby Jesus, bring gifts to children on the night before the Epiphany – January 5th.

In main towns all over Spain the Three Kings arrive bearing gifts of sweeties which are thrown to the crowds of excited children for whom sleep will be slow to come on this magical night.
In the morning, if they’ve been good they’ll find presents left by Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar. If they haven’t been good, they’ll find a lump of coal, but remarkably it seems no children are ever less than as good as gold πŸ™‚

In La Orotava, as in many places on Tenerife, the Three Kings arrive on camels and this year Balthazar got a bit of a scare as his seat threatened to slip off and his camel decided he was going no further until it was all sorted out.

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