The main stage for the Las Palmas Carnival 2018 , themed Magic and the fantastic creatures, is already taking shape in Parque Santa Catalina.

Less than 20 days to go before the main Carnival season begins and the proscenium arch is already erected and decorated with scenery that will set the aesthetic for the multitude of galas and events that will be inaugurated from Friday, January 26.

Following the traditional reading of the proclamation, this year by Canarian comedian Kike Pérez, kicking off a month or more of debauchery;  the coming weeks will be filled with street parties, parades, competitions, music, masques, outlandish costumes and frivolity as Gran Canaria celebrates the end of winter.

Heralding the coming of spring, and the imminent customary abstinence of the pre-easter period, the partying will last at least until Shrove Tuesday (Pancake day or Mardis Gras) before the excesses and shennanigans in disguise will be transfered to the south of the island and sweep throughout every municipality with transgression being the name of the game!!