Some carnival parades on Tenerife have a better atmosphere than others. The opening carnival parade in Santa Cruz generally has more energy and fun than the city’s closing parade, the Coso Apoteosis, which often comes under criticism from Santa Cruceros.
For a number of reasons I prefer the Coso in Puerto de la Cruz. It’s a smaller affair with less murga and comparsa groups, but because it really does mark the end of carnival, there’s a last blast vibe that gives the whole shebang an electric atmosphere that can be absent from the Coso in Santa Cruz.
From Playa Martiánez, more tourists than locals line Avenida Colón to watch the parade. As the route travels through the older part of town, the locals to visitors ratio switches the other way.
My favourite part is the section before the official starting point of the parade. The place where coaches drop off the various carnival troupes; younger carnival goers congregate beside floats blasting out music and carnival queens are fitted into their elaborate costumes.
It is here that the spirit of carnival feels strongest. It’s also a great place to get some candid carnival shots.
This isn’t the carnival queen but one of her beautiful dames. The carnival queen at this point had fainted and was lying on her back with her legs up in the air – a pose I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t have wanted shared with the world.
Having a Laugh
The Tinerfeños just love to dance. Even though they’re waiting to dance their way through town over the next couple of hours, some just can’t stand still when the volume is pumped up on those Latino sounds.
Last Minute Adjustments
Phone a Friend
Carnival is Fun
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