Santa Cruz de Tenerife welcomes 350,000 people over the first weekend of Carnival

The city mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, underlines "the great desire of the people to meet again in the streets" and points out that "the data of the few incidents confirm our carnival as the safest".

The Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival has concluded its first weekend of street events with the participation of 350,000 people over the three days, from Friday, when the Carnival Parade was held, until Sunday, when the Day Carnival took place.

The figures, provided by the organisers, confirm the successful participation of carnival-goers “who have experienced the first weekend of Carnival in the streets, which augurs a weekend of spectacular figures for Piñata”, said the Mayor of the city, José Manuel Bermúdez.

“Our Carnival in the street is unbeatable and the enormous desire of the people to participate is confirming our forecasts of a massive attendance of hundreds of thousands of people who are enjoying this first weekend,” said Bermúdez, who highlighted “the low number of incidents for the huge concentration of people in an event like this and which confirms us as the safest Carnival in the world.

The economic impact of the Carnival for the city is significant, with one hundred per cent of the city’s accommodation facilities occupied, to which must be added the benefits of the shops and restaurants that are serving thousands of people during these days.

This Sunday was one of the two big celebrations of the Day Carnival, designed for all ages and with a marked family character. In addition, this first Day Carnival has included some very important events in the history of the Chicharras fiestas, such as the performances in the Plaza del Príncipe by the Afilarmónica Ni Fu Ni Fa and the lyrical-musical group Los Fregolinos.

The stages located in the Plaza del Príncipe and La Candelaria squares, as well as the one located in Avenida Francisco La Roche, have hosted a multitude of concerts throughout the weekend, mainly featuring Canarian artists and orchestras at the Friday and Saturday night dances.

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