Carnaval - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 2013

Discussion in 'Gran Canaria Events' started by Gran Canaria Blog, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Carnival time is officially here in Gran Canaria! It's a brilliant time to be visiting the island, as there are plenty of Carnival related events from the city of Las Palmas all the way down to the south of the island.

    The Carnival of Las Palmas always sets off with a bang and this years' theme is Gran Baile de Máscaras (The Big Mascarade Ball) with inspiration as you can see from Venetian masks. The mascot on the poster below is much like the plague Dr's mask and as per tradition, there are some fish represented too in his hat.

    If you are visiting the island between the dates of 1st - 23rd February then you should take a trip up to the city and experience it for yourself. The full Carnival timetable in English for Las Palmas is here which includes stage shows, contests and the Gran Cabalgata (16th February) which is the huge parade through the city which would rival Rio's celebrations.

    A favourite event of mine is the Carnaval al Sol (The Sun Carnival) which is on Carnival Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras). It's a really nice day to visit Las Canteras Beach and promenade where the groups of parade teams with dance, sing and flow through the promenade.

    Make sure to take your camera and if you are very lucky you will get a seat at one of the local bars and restaurants on the promenade pathway.

    You can follow the groups through the beach walk and up to the stage area at Plaza Santa Catalina where there is a huge seating area to enjoy the rest of the day.


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  2. As part of the events in Las Palmas carnival there was a Canine Carnival, where dogs and their owners dressed in costumes together. Here is a fun video of all the contestants:

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  3. Tomorrow is Martes de Carnaval also known as Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day - here in Gran Canaria there is a big parade in the daytime known as Carnaval al Sol (Sun Carnival) where there will be music and dancing all along Playa de las Canteras promenade in Las Palmas. It's a big event an usually one of my favourites of the year, which all ends at Plaza Santa Catalina on the stage.

    Here are some photos from Carnaval al Sol 2012:
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