Carnival! Carnival! Carnival, I love you! This is the people of the island’s motto around this very popular time of year. February arrives and with it, the Carnival.
The Carnival is one of the biggest tourist attractions that Las Palmas de Gran Canaria enjoys during the winter season. Many visitors schedule their trips to the island on these dates. The Carnival programme is published well in advance. It is one of the most traditional and colourful celebrations in Gran Canaria: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’ Carnival.
Although the capital’s carnival is the best known of these events, there are many other festivals around at this time of year. Internationally, the Maspalomas’ Carnival is also very popular; so much so, that this are the dates when the south of the island welcomes more tourists.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival
Each year this festival revolves around a theme, and 2017 will be about the Sixties and Flower Power. Friday, 10th February, will start with the proclamation and will end on Sunday, 5th March with the so called Burial of the Sardine.
The Carnival is known as La Fiesta de la Calle - the Street Festival - because it's a party for everyone and the World thereof. Everyone, whether they are islanders or tourists, participate actively in each one of the celebrations; and like all long-lasting Festivals, there is a particular day that is more outstanding.
Although there are many acts that take place in the Carnival’s district, in Parque de Santa Catalina, the Drag Queen Gala is the most famous event and the one which attracts the biggest crowd. It is celebrated on Monday, 27th February, the night before Tuesday of Carnival (holiday on the island). Another big one is the Queen's Carnival Gala, where the representative of the year is chosen based on her styling and staging.
Another one of the most multitudinous traditions is La Cabalgata - the Cavalcade-, the real street festival time, where a hundred cavalcades and thousands of people join along the streets to the rhythm of the music.
Maspalomas International Carnival
In the south of Gran Canaria, the Carnival is celebrated from Friday 3rd March to Sunday 12th March.
This festival also has a different annual theme. This year will be called Eurocarnaval Internacional de Maspalomas, honouring all those who visit the south of the island not only on this date but throughout the year. It celebrates openness, the no kind of barriers fact. On the one hand, because of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, a historic celebration for Europe, and on the other hand, in honour of the LGTB community that always joins these Festivals.
For almost a week, the streets of Maspalomas, in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, are filled with murgas, comparsas, music, and all the colours of the rainbow. Just like at the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival, some of the most famous and recognized acts are the Drag Queen Gala, the election of the Carnival’s Queen, and the Rescue of the Sardine (the peculiar way they call the Burial of the Sardine).
All along this Great Festival, the streets are crowded with islanders and tourists, who come to enjoy the very best festival atmosphere and climate you’ll find in any European country in the month of February.
If you have ever tried this experience you will surely want to come back, if you do so, remember that you can stay with us for a long time, since normally the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the International Carnival of Maspalomas do not fall on the same dates. Come, join and enjoy the carnivals in Gran Canaria, we are waiting to see you with your best costumes at Dunas Hotels & Resorts!