The Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2024 kicked off its street celebrations with a bang, drawing in an impressive crowd of over 300,000 participants across the first three days, from the Friday parade to the inaugural Day Carnival on Sunday. This turnout, highlighted by the event organisers, underscores a vibrant start to the festivities that promises even greater numbers for the upcoming Piñata weekend, as mentioned by Mayor José Manuel Bermúdez.
The Mayor lauded the enthusiastic engagement seen during the carnival’s opening weekend, particularly noting the minimal number of incidents, which underscores the event’s reputation as one of the safest worldwide. “With thousands enjoying the festivities in our streets, the incident rate remains remarkably low,” he remarked.
Javier Caraballero, the Councillor for Festivities, also expressed delight at the influx of visitors from across the island and beyond, coming together to revel in the Carnival’s joyous atmosphere. He pointed out the significant economic boon the festival brings, from Friday through to Sunday’s family-centric celebrations.
FAMILY FUN AT SANTA CRUZ CARNIVAL
The Day Carnival on Sunday offered a variety of family-friendly activities and performances, with numerous families enjoying the carnival spirit in the city’s heart. This included notable performances at Plaza del Príncipe by the Afilarmónica Ni Fu Ni Fa and the lyrical-musical ensemble Los Fregolinos, marking significant moments in the carnival’s history.
Throughout the weekend, Plaza del Príncipe, La Candelaria, and Avenida Francisco la Roche became hubs of musical activity, showcasing a plethora of concerts primarily featuring local Canarian talent.
The good weather on Sunday played its part in drawing crowds to various stages, where over 30 artists provided entertainment, as reported by the Town Hall.
For Carnival Monday, a new lineup of performances is scheduled, including murga shows in Plaza de la Candelaria from 17:30, featuring Star Music, Wamampy, and Malibú Band. Plaza del Príncipe will also host murga performances starting at 19:00, followed by music from the Tejina orchestra at 23:30, and then Iván Cacú and Gomeray orchestras.
The choreographic groups will take center stage in Francisco La Roche from 18:00 to 20:00, with La Mueve orchestra entertaining the crowd into the night from midnight.
A dedicated children’s stage in the Boulevard Shopping Centre square will feature children’s murgas from 17:30 to 20:00, allowing young performers to showcase their talents.