15 Best Festivals in Spain

2. Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

In the two weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday one of the world’s biggest parties breaks out in the joint capital of the Canary Islands.

Every year the celebrations have a new theme, which in recent years have been the 1980s, the future, cartoons and Bollywood, and everyone is expected to show up in disguise.

All sorts of traditional musical groups are involved in the fun, including Murgas, musical street performers, and comparsas, satirical musicians.

The event that people throughout Spain will recognise is the Wednesday before Ash Wednesday when the Carnival Queen is selected.

These contestants wear costumes so outlandish that they need wheels to be able to move in them.

The whole crazy thing is brought to a close a week later when the sardine is buried, a traditional Spanish ritual that marks the beginning of lent.

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