The Canary Guide to Carnivals on Gran Canaria 2020
The most exciting of annual celebrations on Gran Canaria is about the start. The capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, kicks off Carnival season 2020 this Friday, 7th of February. The biggest of all the carnival celebrations on the island, lasting a whole month until the 1st of March. Carnival festivities will be celebrated in almost every corner of the island so there will be plenty to go and see and experience the unique magic, colour, fun and sheer spectacle of a truly magnificent start to spring here on Gran Canaria.
Here’s a little run down of what to expect over the coming days and weeks…
*** Updates as soon as more information comes available ***
7.2. The inaugural parade heralding the start of this year’s festivities starts at 20:30. Half an hour before the official proclamation, a musical parade will make its way through the oldest parts of the city from Triana to Vegueta, following a traditional route from Cairasco to the Plaza de Santa Ana where a street party and live public show will take place.
At 21:00 The official opening of the carnival festivities, beginning with a spectacle where the crowd attending join the master of ceremonies. You can expect masked revellers, murgas and comparsas and the final candidates for Carnival Queen (Reina del Carnaval) and Drag Queen to take part in the opening ceremony in Vegueta. At 21:40 there will be a concert by popular local group “Los Salvapantallas”
8.2. Children’s Comparsas “dance troupe” contest at 19:00
9.2. Children’s fancy costume festival at 11:00 and then at 20:00 The Grande Dame gala celebrating women of maturity and style.
10-12.2 The Murgas contests start at 20:30 ( Free entry subject to available seating.)
13.3. Adults fancy costume contest at 21:00 on stage in Parque Santa Catalina (Free entry subject to available seating)
14.2. Adult comparsas contest at 21:00 on stage in Parque Santa Catalina (Free entry subject to available seating)
Feathers and sequins to the rhythm of the batucadas identify the night of the street dance troupes. These groups reflect the essence of Carnival both because of the spectacular costumes and choreographies, as well as their relationship with music, rhythm and dance.
15.2. Daytime Carnival in Vegueta starting at 12:00 and at 21:00 the Final of murgas contest
16.2. The Canine Carnival at 12:00 and at 18:30 the Children’s gala
21.2. Carnival Queen Gala at 21:00 on stage in Parque Santa Catalina ( Ticket event ) and a night of Carnival at 23:00
22.2. Family Carnival in Triana at 12:00, Carnival in the Sun at 17:00 and the Pre-selection for Drag Queen contestants at 21:00 on stage in Parque Santa Catalina ( ticketed event )
23.2. Meeting with all children’s murgas groups at 11:00 and Children’s parade at 17:00 24.2. Traditional Carnival at 19:00 in The Barranco del Guiniguada ( dress white and be prepared to be covered with talcum powder ). The Drag Queen Gala at 21:00 on stage in Parque Santa Catalina ( ticket event ) and a night of Carnival at 23:00 in Parque Santa Catalina
24.3. Drag Queen preselection for the eight contestants who could not act last Saturday at 21:00 in Parque Santa Catalina
25.2 Martes de Carnaval ( Carnival Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake day etc. ) It is a bank holiday in Las Palmas. Day time Carnival celebrations in Santa Catalina at 12:00. The concert of La Trova will begin at 12:30 and that of Juanes, at 19:00.
Wednesday 26.2. Meeting of all children’s murgas at 17:30 in Parque Santa Catalina *** rescheduled
Thursday 27.2. Integration Gala at 17:30 on stage in Parque Santa Catalina (Free entry subject to available seating) *** New time
Friday 28.2. Drag Queen Gala at 21:00 on stage in Parque Santa Catalina ( ticket event )*** New date
A night of Carnival at 23:00 in Parque Santa Catalina
Saturday 29.2. The Grand Parade at 17:00 and a night of Carnival at 23:00 in Parque Santa Catalina
Sunday 1.3. The Children’s Parade at 17:00 from the Rambla de Mesa and López to the Mercado del Puerto. Because it is a special circumstance and given the coincidence in the tour with the celebration of the burial of the sardine (at 19:00).
Burial of the Sardine at 19:00 and burning of the Sardine and fireworks at 21:00
14.2. A parade in the old town announcing the start of the Carnival at 20:00 and the Pregón, the opening ceremony at 21:00
15.2. Drag Queen Gala
16.2. Children’s Carnival Gala
18.2. School Carnival
19.2. Integration Gala
22.2. Family Carnival
25.2. Carnival + youth
28.2. Burial of the Sardine
Agüimes celebrates one of the most traditional carnivals on Gran Canaria, with the day of the “Old Carnival” during which tortillas and liquors are made and tasted in the streets. The murgas play an important role in these parties, both for their participation in competitions and parades and for being an active part in the organization of the Day Carnival, an act that takes more and more relevance in their carnival.
Among the events of this year, the 38th edition of the prestigious murgas contest stands out, in which the thirteen murgueras groups of the municipality will take part. The previous phases will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 18 and 19, while the grand finale will be held on Saturday, February 22 in the Plaza del Rosario. Another of the highlights will be the street carnival, which will bring carnival members together on Saturday, February 29, in different stages throughout the town, from 12:00 noon until late in the morning. The burial and subsequent burning of the sardine will be on Wednesday, February 26.
The municipality of Villa de Ingenio celebrates their 52nd edition of Carnival.
Most events are held on Plaza de la Candelaria.
22.2. Daytime carnival
25.2. The wake of the Sardine and costume party
26.2. the 52nd Burial parade of the Sardine. ** starts at 21:00
28.2. The Drag Queen Gala at 21:00
1.3. Children’s Carnival 11:00-14:00
Full program in Spanish here!
20.2. announcing parade on Avenida de Canarias and Pregón, opening festivities at the back of teatro Victor Jara at 20:00
23.2. Carnival in Colors starting at 12:00 with Children’s inflatables, performances and a great end of the party with colored powders and music at the back of the teatro Victor Jara
24.2. Carnival in the neighborhood of Balos from 16:00 with a parade, performances, burning of the Sardine and end of party with Dj Desirée Santana. Plaza de Balos
25.2. Day Carnival with bouncy castles and music by Start Music and Furia Joven starting at 12:00 at the back of the teatro Victor Jara
27.2. Murgas, at the back of the teatro Victor Jara
6.3. Gala Drag Queen Gala at 21:00 at Teatro Víctor Jara – Vecindario ( Ticket event )
7.3. Mogollón del Carnaval, Carnival Parade starts at 18:30, from Balos to El Doctoral. The day will end with the burial of the Sardine at 22:30 at the back of the theatre.
La Aldea de San Nicolás, 21.2. – 14.3. 2020
Theme: ‘Las Mil y Una Noches’, “The Thousand and One Nights” (The Arabian nights)
Friday 21.2. The traditional street parade of the educational centres of the municipality at 10:00. Children, dressed in the traditional way, will parade through the main streets of El Casco to finish with a dance in La Alameda, while tasting carnival tortillas.
Saturday 22.2. Daytime Carnival in the city centre from 11:00 with festive and fun, for the whole family, with attractions, activities and live music.
Sunday 23.2. The Carnival Queen Gala held at the Centro de Majores on Calle Real. This act will feature a performance by Manu and his keyboards, which will liven up the dance.
Carnival Tuesday 25.2. Once again, La Aldea de San Nicolás, with the help of the Community Development Cultural Project, will be the scene of one of the few Carnival celebrations on the Islands and which date back to before the beginning of the last century.
At 17:30 from La Gañania, children dressed in the skins of goats, with horns and cowbells like cattle, will be accompanied by a shepherd. A traditional and typical masquerade ( dressed in old costumes, with their faces covered in a veil or chin cloth, cane in hand and a basket for collecting goodies) while creating thousands of pranks to get attention, asking for a pesetita or a small egg to make tortillas. Men will be dressed as women and women as men.
Friday 6.3. Verbena in La Alameda at 22:00
Saturday 7.3. Carnival parade and the first Mogollón ( a big “cave man” party )
Sunday 8.3. Baile de Carnaval at the Centro de Majores on Calle Real
Saturday 14.3. End of Carnival fiesta with the Burial of the Besugo at 18:00 and the second Mogollón “party” at 22:00.
29.2. Baile de Piñata at 19:00 in the municipal anfiteatro ( Parque Pico Lomito )
1.3. The Artisan and Commercial Fair of Moya but this time in the spirit of Carnival.
From 10:00 to 15:00, with 50 stands of local products and handicrafts, batucada, parades, children’s attractions 11:00-14:30 at Plaza de la Fuente de Nuestra Señora de Candelaria , concerts and the 7th contest of pet in fancy dress at 12:00 in parque Pico Lomito.
6.3. Drag Queen Gala at 20:30 in the municipal sportscenter (ticket event )
7.3. Daytime Carnival. At 12:00 encuentro de Murgas at 12:00 in Parque Pico lomito. At 17:00 the Parade from the church to Pico Lomito, where the festivities continues all night with live concerts
One of the biggest annual events in the south, the Maspalomas Costa Canaria Carnival, is to celebrated between 5-15 March 2020. The upcoming festivities will be themed around ” Los Musicales”, musicals. The theme was selected by a popular vote, for the first time in its history.
THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH (YUMBO PUBLIC SQUARE)
At 20:00 OPENING SHOW OF THE CARNIVAL 2020
At 20:45 DRAG QUEEN PRE-SELECTION
FRIDAY, MARCH 6TH (YUMBO PUBLIC SQUARE)
At 20:00 ELECTION OF THE SENIOR QUEEN
At 23:00 “MOGOLLÓN” PARTY
SATURDAY, MARCH 7TH (YUMBO PUBLIC SQUARE)
At 17:00 CARNIVAL FOR CHILDREN
One of the main novelties this year is the celebration, for the first time in the municipality, a children’s parade. A parade starring invited floats for the little ones to enjoy a Carnival in a more suitable environment for them. The organization has limited the style of music and advertisements related to alcoholic beverages or consumption so that minors can enjoy a Carnival appropriate to their age. The parade starts from calle Timple, just behind Hotel Riu Don Miguel via Avenida de Gran Canaria and Estados Unidos to finish up in Yumbo.
At 19:00 ELECTION OF THE CHILDREN QUEEN
At 23:00 “MOGOLLÓN” PARTY
SUNDAY, MARCH 8TH (YUMBO PUBLIC SQUARE)
At 21:00 ELECTION OF THE CARNIVAL QUEEN
MONDAY, MARCH 9TH (YUMBO PUBLIC SQUARE)
At 18:00 CANINE CARNIVAL CONTEST
At 20:00 BODY PAINTING CONTEST
TUESDAY, MARCH 10TH (YUMBO PUBLIC SQUARE)
At 19:00 BORDERLESS SHOW
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11TH (CHIRINGUITOS ZONE)
At 21:00 TROPICAL “PARTY”
THURSDAY, MARCH 12TH (YUMBO PUBLIC SQUARE)
At 21:00 DRAG QUEEN ELECTION ( Broadcasted live by TVE )
At 23:00 “MOGOLLÓN” PARTY
FRIDAY, MARCH 13TH
At 11:00 RESCUE OF THE SARDINE. From Charca de Maspalomas to Playa del Inglés and continues to Anexo II
(PLAYA DEL INGLÉS)
At 13:30 “FIESTA DEL SOLAJERO” Sun fiesta – 40 PRINCIPALES CONCERT
At 21:00 TOURISTS SHOW (YUMBO PUBLIC SQUARE)
At 22:30 “SALSA NIGHT”
At 00:00 “MOGOLLÓN” PARTY
SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH
At 17:00 CARNIVAL PARADE ( broadcasted by TVE and Radio Televisión Canaria )
Starts at El Veril in Playa del Inglés, crosses through Avda. de Italia,
Avda. de Gran Canaria and ends Avda. Turoperador Tui.
(YUMBO PUBLIC SQUARE)
At 22:00 “MOGOLLÓN” PARTY
SUNDAY, MARCH 15TH
(SHOPPING CENTRE ANEXO II – PLAYA DEL INGLÉS)
At 19:00 SARDINE PARADE
Starts at the Avda. Estados Unidos, Avda. de España, Avda. Alféreces Provisionales and ends in C.C. Anexo II.
At 20:00 READING OF THE SARDINES’ LAST WILL
At 20:30 BURIAL OF THE SARDINE with a show of pyrotechnics, lights and music
Traditional popular Carnival festivities in the neighborhoods :
Festivities in Centro Cultural Maspalomas has been postponed to 27 of February
Friday, 6 March : XXIV Memorial Tomás Pérez González at 21:00 at Plaza de San Juan
Saturday, 7 March : Carnival parade at 19:00 and at 21:30 verbena “party” at Plaza de San Juan
Sunday, 8 March : Meeting of Children’s Murgas at 10:30 at Plaza de San Juan and Dog Fancy dress competision at 17:00
Friday, 13 March : Carnival Gala at 21:00 at Plaza de San Juan
Saturday 14 March : Daytime Carnival with activities and music from 10:30
Sunday 15 March : Children’s street parade at 11:30
Friday 20 March : Baile de Piñata, Traditional carnival party at Plaza de San Juan at 21:00
Sunday 22 March : Carnival concert in the forest at 12:oo in Parque de Flores
Teror celebrates its 2020 Carnival in March dedicated to the ‘Great Chinese Empire’, concentrating their festive events in the city centre.
on Friday, March 6 the Carnival Gala inside the tent located at Plaza de sintes
on Saturday, March 7, the Family Carnival and Burning of the Sardine. From noon to late night there will be leisure activities, parades, carnival play area for children, high heel race, concerts, parade, etc, and the traditional burning of the Sardine in the Plaza de Sintes. Parade starts at 11:30.
The various neighbourhoods of Teror will start to celebrate their carnival festivities from the end of February through to the middle of March.
13.3. Pregón, the opening gala in Casa Condal at 20:30 and at 21;00 a performance by Rainbow Gospel music group. Traditional Carnival at 21:30 in the courtyard of the music school
14.3. Children’s carnival at 10:30, the auditorium of Parque Urbano de San Juan
15.3. Colour Festival “Holi” at 12:00 in Parque Urbano de San Juan and at 18:30 Encuentro de Murgas
20.3. Drag Queen Gala at 20:30 the auditorium of Parque Urbano de San Juan
21.3. Carnival parade at 17:30 from Ramblas de Pedro Lezcano to Parque urbano de San Juan, followed by a party at 23:30
22.3. High Heel race at 11:00 on Calle Francisco Villén Lucena ( just next to the park) . A daytime carnival at 12:00 in Parque urbano and the Burial of the Sardine at 18:00
Carrizal in Ingenio, 15.3. – 29.3.
Theme: ‘El Carnaval de Carrizal, Un Carnaval Tan Genial’. Theme is “Aladdin”.
This is the other Carnival festivity in the municipality of Ingenio. The neighbourhood of Carrizal offers a very unique carnival experience. The Carnival is held on Playa Burrero.
19.3. Rescue of the Sardine and barbeque
20.3. Pregón, opening ceremony and Festival de Chirigotas
21.3. Carnival antiguo and verbena
22.3. Children’s carnival
25.3. 1st murgas competition
26.3. 2nd Murgas competition and awards
27.3. Drag Queen Gala and spectacles
28.3. Pet Carnival
Carnival Costa de Mogán 2020 is celebrated in Arguineguin. The epicenter of most events and activities is the market place, Plaza Negra. There are also small lively street parades in the tourist areas announcing the carnival to start as well as carnival celebrations in the neighbourhoods of the municipality.
Program has not been published yet
Santa Maria de Guía, 18.3. – 21.3. 2020
Theme: ‘Érase una vez un cuento’, ‘Once upon a time a story ‘ inspired by the characters in children’s stories
Saturday, 21 March, Gran Cabalgata del Carnaval en Familia, the great family parade at 12:00 from avenida Lomo Guillén. Party continues at Plaza Grande with food stalls, music and shows ( at 13.30 Aseres, La Trova, Kilombo Improvisado, Skatman, Parchita Colorá, DJ Promaster, Armonía Show and North Dj ).
13.3. Inauguration of the exhibition of historical photographs, costumes and headdresses of the Carnival of Agaete in the Cultural Center of La Villa.
20.3. Carnival Gala
21.3, Daytime Carnival
22.3. Children’s Carnival
27.3. School Carnival with the parade of CEIP students José Sánchez y Sánchez.
27.3. Wake of the Sardine .
28.3. Parade and the Burial of the Sardine. The festive days will be closed with a festival and musical performance of the groups: Los Lola, Ray Castellano, La Mekanica Tamarindos, La Sabrosa, Los Salvapantallas and Aseres.
Valleseco 28.3. – 29.3.
Theme : still to be voted. “Pirates; “Stories”; “The Wild West”; or “Star Wars”
Program has not been published yet
In the morning for children in the Alfredo Krauss Cultural Center a mini disco, carnival face painting, clowns and at 13:30 a children’s little street parade.
In the evening a street parade at 20:30 from Plaza del Socorro to Cruz Blanca ( Disa petrol Station ). At 22:00 a street parade from Cruz Blanca to Cultural Center. Tejeda will close their Carnival day with a Verbeda “party” with Grupo Arena and LuneaDJ’s and a performace by Drag Cerverus.
Municipalities with no confirmation yet : Firgas, Artenara, Santa Brigida (normally end of March or beginning of April )