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Carnival Continues

The Carnival 2019 celebrations continue in Lanzarote and this week it is the turn of Playa Blanca to join in the fun.
The celebrations pass through the island starting off in Arrecife, then Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise, Haria and Playa Blanca.
Lots of avid Carnival lovers follow the celebrations over the island.
The theme in Playa Blanca this year is Cuba and here is the program for this weekend.



Carnival Arrecife 2019

Its here! One of the biggest fiestas in Lanzarote of the year is Carnival. Starting in Arrecife capital from the 22nd February to the 9th of March and celebrated in villages and resorts all over the island for the weeks leading up to Easter.

This year the theme for Arrecife Carnival will be dedicated to the creative universe of César Manrique to celebrate the first centenary of his birth.

As a further tribute the council have agreed to designate some of the works of César related to the Carnival so that they can be used for advertising posters and general displays around the festivities. There is normally a competition to create the Carnival poster which this year will not take place.

The first phase of the traditional contests will include of adult murgas for the first week and the procession and Burial of the Sardine will take place on March 6th. The Carnival will travel around the island in the begining of March to San Bartolomé, Playa Honda, Tías and Puerto del Carmen leaving for the rest of March for Teguise, La Griosa, Tinajo, Haría and Yaiza.

This week also marks the 26th anniversary of the artist’s loss. He died on September 25, 1992, in Tahíche. The staff of the Centers will make a tribute in the cemetery of Haría.

Carnival Exhibition in Arrecife

A new exhibition takes a tour through many of the carnival manifestations including a tour of the Carnival of Arrecife in the early twentieth century
The former seat of the town council of Lanzarote, now known as Casa Amarilla, hosts the exhibition ‘Buches & Diabletes – The Traditional Carnival’, which opened on Tuesday afternoon.

The inauguration started at 7:00 p.m. with the words of welcome from the exhibition coordinator, Miguel Ángel Martín Rosa, who thanked the work carried out by a whole team of professionals who gave their all to achieve the projected objective.

Book Lanzarote for Carnival

Turists flock to the island to enjoy the Carnival season. The canary islands have some of the best carnivals in Europe and there are plenty of oportunities to party. A little later this year but if you are looking to book to experience this magical time, then the dates are as follows.

  • Puerto del Carmen Carnival 2019 – March 9th. More details to be announced soon.
  • Costa Teguise Carnival 2019 – March 16th. More details to be announced soon.
  • Playa Blanca Carnival 2019 – March 30th. More details to be announced soon.
  • Arrecife Carnival 2019 – March 4th.

That Time of Year

Its that time of year in the Canaries. In general you either love or hate it. Most locals prefer it to Christmas and spend anything from 3 months before preparing. Just like in the UK after the Christmas decorations are cleared away in the shops and the Easter eggs appear, here the extra space is filled with every type of carnival costume and accesory you could possibly imagine. Having said that, most people opt for making their own. The imagination runs wild. In the run up the beaches and streets are quiet with people at home with their glue guns and sowing machines.The week before the procession there are competitions to elect the Carnival queen, mini carnival queen, golden age carnival queen, best singing group (murgas) and best dance group. Its a week of entertainment and the big day arrives, the procession. People take to the streets, never starts on time and takes a good 3 hours from start to finish, maybe longer.The drumming continues and the bars stay open all night. If you have the stamina it will be 7.00am when you finally get home. Everybody is dressed up in fancy dress. If you are not, you do feel the odd one outMonday after the procession is the burial of the sardine. This you have to see to believeThe process is repeated in the weeks to come from town to town until a week before Easter.
Carnival finishes and the fanatics start making plans and preparing for the next.For me it always takes a special effort to go but once the atmosphere grabs you its easy to enter into the spirit of things

Will I go this year? To be continued