Tenerife Carnival in Santa Cruz is cancelled for 2021

2020/10/08 14:13:51 Written by Canarian Weekly Tenerife

The mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, José Manuel Bermúdez, has announced today that the City Council has had no choice but to suspend the 2021 edition of the Tenerife Carnival to preserve the protection of citizens against the coronavirus pandemic.

In a press conference this morning, he said: “Right now we are experiencing two emergencies. One is the health crisis and the other is the socioeconomic crisis, which is a consequence of the first,” explaining that at a time like the present no one would understand if Santa Cruz celebrated a carnival without people in the street, "which is the main force that our carnival has."

The first mayor especially emphasized that "there are no sanitary measures we are able to enforce so that we can celebrate the holidays as we always have done before, in the street, and in a free and disorderly way, which is how we like to celebrate it."

“Therefore, Santa Cruz de Tenerife will not celebrate the next edition of Carnival in the way we have been used to celebrating it for the last 60 years. We cannot celebrate it in the same way as always with thousands of people from here and abroad.”

In this regard, he recalled that the Carnival celebrations have taken place in the Tenerife capital since 1961, so it’s "not an easy" decision to adopt. Here, the mayor pointed out that it is a decision motivated by the persistence of the health crisis, since a second wave of the coronavirus is being experienced "that unfortunately we still cannot control"; and by the need to preserve "above all the protection of our citizens.”

Bermúdez concluded by saying that the Tenerife Carnival has unfortunately been added to other great Spanish festivals such as the Fallas, the Sanfermines or the April Fair, which have also been suspended for a year.