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It was the Carnival’s official opening, always one of the main highlights, and Carmen wowed the audience and judges by achieving her childhood dream. But the applause she received was more than matched by the rapturous reception bestowed on rival  contestant Saida Prieto.

Saida, who returned to the Recinto Ferial, where she was severely burned in a backstage accident in 2013, touched the hearts of everyone there, when she appeared on stage.

True, she failed to fulfil her ambition, but what courage it must  have taken, for her to even have taken part again.

It was a magical night at the venue, with spectacular backdrops comprising anything mystical and magical. There were dragons, fairies, unicorns and giants, together with witches, good and bad, to add to the atmosphere.

Huge screens were set up, with pictures of Anaga Country Park, giving the event’s “Fantasy” theme that magical touch for its 5,000 spectators.

The theme’s poster was designed by Nareme Melián Mahugo, an artist who chose the Carnival Queen’s sceptre as the main motif.

The island’s most colourful event of all is spread over 12 days, from 7-18th February, and, naturally, the spectacular Carnival Queens are the best-known image of the huge, Tenerife celebration.

The girls really do look amazing, with every costume, seemingly, inspired by a fairytale. And the new Queen, in her costume, along with her Maids of Honour and the Carnival groups, will provide an amazing sight when they are viewed, close up, parading down the Santa Cruz streets this evening (Friday).

There is plenty more to come, though, as tens of thousands of visitors, from all over the globe, and, of course, the Canaries, flock to Santa Cruz to witness the Carnival’s splendour, fun, and occasional madness!

Tenerife’s capital city has been welcoming them to its annual spectacle since last Friday. But the thrills and excitement of the event, rated second-best in the world after Rio, will begin on Tuesday, which is a Bank Holiday, known as Carnival Tuesday.

That’s when the main parade, featuring all kinds of weird and wonderful floats, takes place, and spectators join in the celebrations, enjoying the excitement gleaned from the event’s 84 attractions, as well as the Fairground. It’s the most colourful and crazy, open-air party in the Canary Islands.

The entire fiesta is spread throughout the month, and, during the main week of celebration, shops and banks have restricted opening hours.

Many businesses also close for Carnival Tuesday, and, for 15 days, the streets of the city burst with joy, beauty, colour, freedom and extravagance.

Activities are almost over on Ash Wednesday (14th Feb), with the Burial of the Sardine, which entails a 30ft papier-mâché  fish being taken through the Santa Cruz streets to the coast, where it is burned. A magnificent firework display follows.

Tenerife’s Fairground Association plans to invite several groups of under-privileged children, including minors who are at risk of social exclusion, to the fair the following day (15th), so they can enjoy it, free of charge.

This Sunday, and the following Saturday, are both regarded as Family-Friendly Days, when daytime festivities are the norm.

Friends, children and families stream by in their finest costumes, and, in the broad light of day, people of all ages and origins share the streets, seeking enjoyment, wherever they can find it.

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