8th Mar 2023 @ 3:38 pm

The sunny southern resort of Playa Blanca is preparing for the upcoming carnival celebrations, with a stage being constructed in the square in the centre of town. Here’s everything you need to know for next week’s carnival.

Residents and tourists in Yaiza have to wait a little longer than everyone else for their carnival celebrations to start. However, from next Thursday, March 16th, the southern resort will turn a whole host of vibrant colours.

Thursday, March 16th, at 5pm is the start of the celebrations with a Canine Carnival. The popular pet costume competition will take place in the square in front of the church in town, with prices up for grabs. Anyone can participate and spectators are invited.

At 7pm the same day, the opening parade for the carnivals starts with performances from Los Timanfeiros (a dance local dance group who will be dressed in amazing bird costumes in fitting with this year’s theme.) The parade will start at the same square in front of the church.

At 8pm, the Murgas and Chirigotas will perform a show (usually dressed as clowns and singing songs that poke fun at politicians and current affairs). The show will start in the same square.

Friday, March 17th, at 8pm will see the Ritmo and Armonia parade with performances from Los Timanfeiros, Los Cumbacheros, and Guaracheros starting at Calle Limones next to the pier and running through the Avenida de Papagayo, finishing at the square in front of the church.

At 9pm comes the grand Drag Queen Gala with performances from the best drag acts on the Canaries, as well as performances from Ballet Dance Pop and the Third Age Queen. The show will take place at the square in front of the church.

Following that, an open-air ball with performances from DJ Elvis, Migui Roger and the Mabo Latino Orchestra.

Saturday, March 18th, at 6pm… the main event! The full carnival parade with floats, groups and lots of music. Groups depart at 6pm from Playa Flamingo, pass through Avenida de Canarias, Calle Don Jaime Quesada, and Avenida de Papagayo until meeting at the square in front of the church.

Following that, Grup Bomba and El Combo Dominicano will spearhead the fiesta from the square in front of the church. You best bring your dancing shoes.

Sunday, March 19th, 10am is the start of the children’s carnival with performances from Chau Chau and Los Desiguales. The event will take place at the square in front of the church.

12:30pm, the daytime carnival with performances from El Combo Dominicano and Grupo Bomba, as well as the artists Fulanito and Oscarito. This will take place at the square in front of the church.

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