The Carnival season is starting on Gran Canaria. It’s going to be 2 months of celebrations, galas and carnival mayhem on the Island with some municipalities even holding more than one Carnival!

Many events to attend throughout carnival season, with some of the most popular including the Drag Queen competitions, election of the Carnival Queen, colourful Comparsa dance displays, Canine Competitions Childrens competitions and of course massive street parades and large crowds in fancy dress partying into the early hours.

A celebration of the end of winter and the coming spring, everyone is encouraged to dress up and step outside themselves to enjoy this series of massive events, each Carnival starting with a Proclamation and its own theme, and finishing with the traditional “Burial of the Sardine” usually followed by fireworks.

We will be updating the program as the information becomes available.

The 2018 Parade dates on Gran Canaria are:

February 3 – Aguimes
February 9 – Galdar
February 14 – Aguimes and Ingenio
February 17 – Las Palmas
February 24 – Cruce de Arinaga and Arguineguin
March 3 – Carrizal y Telde
March 
10 – Maspalomas
March 17 – Vecindario


LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA, 26 January – 18 February 2018 

Theme : “Magic and Fantastic Creatures” ( Magia y Criaturas Fantásticas )

program highlights :
26.1 Opening ceremony at 21:00 Plaza de Santa Ana
27.1. Children’s group contest at 19:00 ( Parque Santa Catalina )
28.1 Children’s costume festival 11:00 and Gran Dame Gala 20:00
1.2 Adult costume contest at 21:00
3.2 Day time Carnival in Vegueta starting at 12:00
4.2 Dog Carnival at 12:00 and Child Queen Gala at 19:00
9.2. Queen Gala at 21:0
10.2. Sun Carnival at 17:00
11.2 Day time Carnival in Santa Catalina
12.2 Traditional Carnival at 19:00 and Drag Queen Gala 21:00
13.2. MARDIS GRAS! Martes de Carnaval at 12:00 and Children parade at 17:00
15.2 Integration Gala at 19:00
16.2 Body painting contest at 21:00
17.2 Grand Parade at 17:00
19:00 Burial of the sardine at 19:00


AGÜIMES, 3 February – 25 February 

Theme : “Agüimes a Carnival in the time machine” ( Agüimes un Carnaval en la máquina del tiempo)

( 3.2. Parade
14.2. Burial of the Sardine)

 


INGENIO, 8 -18 February

Theme : “1968-2018 The Golden Carnival”    (1968-2018 el Carnival de oro)

Highlights :
10.2 II Day time Carnival 12:00-02:00 at Plaza de la Candelaria
11.2. The 3rd Pet Carnival 11:00-15:00 at Plaza de la Candelaria
11-12.2  V Contest of Murgas both evening starting at 20:30 at Plaza de la Candelaria
13.2. Wake of the Sarine and the I costume contest at 21:00 at Plaza
14.2. 50º Burial of the Sardine of the Carnival of the Villa de Ingenio and fireworks. Concentration of carts, groups and people starting at 18:00 at Calle Tanausu. Funeral parade starts at 21:00 and ends up at Plaza de la Candelaria.
16.2. 3rd Drag Queen Gala at 21:00 at Plaza de la Candelaria
18.2. Children’s Carnival from 11:00 to 14:00 at Plaza de la Candelaria

In CARRIZAL 22 February – 4 March 

3.3. Parade

 

 

 

 

 

 


ARUCAS 12 February – 4 March 

Theme : “Myths and legends”

4.3. 
18.3. Burial of the Sardine

 

 

 

 


LA ALDEA DE SAN NICOLÁS 13 February – 3 March 

Theme : “Africa”

13.2. Traditional Carnival.
24.2. Parade
3.3.   Funeral of Besugo.

 

 

 


AGAETE, 17 Feb – 3 March

Theme : “Hollywood, Golden years” ( Hollywood, años dorados)

 

 

 

 


MOGÁN 20-25 February 2018

Carnival Costa Mogán 

Theme :  “Comics and superheroes” ( Cómics y superhéroes )

24.2. Parade

 

 

 

 

 


TELDE,  23 February – 4 March 

Theme : “Jungle”  (La Selva)

3.3. parade


SAN BARTOLOME DE TIRAJANA,  2-11 March 2018 

Carnaval Internacional de Maspalomas 

Theme : Middle Ages “FestuM+”

3.3. Queen’s Gala
4.3. Children’s Queen Gala
8.3. Drag Queen Gala
10.3. Parade
11.3. Day Carnival and Burial of the Sardine

 

 

 


SANTA LUCIA DE TIRAJANA, 8-18 March 2018 

Theme : Television, do not change channels, we are Carnival’

Vecindario:
12-16.3 Carnival in the neighborhoods
16.3. Drag Gala
17.3. Parade
18.3. Burial of the Sardine

 

Carnival in Sardina 16-24 February, with the allegory ‘The delicious world of cooking