Could Santa Cruz Carnival take place in April or June?
On Monday there is a meeting between the main Carnival groups and organisers being chaired by the mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, José Manuel Bermúdez, to look at options for this year’s carnival which, has already been delayed or could be cancelled for the second year running.
Yesterday the Minister of Health for the Canary Islands, Blas Trujillo, answered: “It can wait. Carnival is not high on our agenda t the moment with the current situation and stage of the pandemic we find ourselves in” when questioned about it in the press conference about the epidemiological review of Covid data.
The question being asked now, is could there be a Santa Cruz Carnival later in the year in April or June? In other regions of Spain, like Cádiz, that is a decision that has already been made, so the delay of the dates is a reality, which means that what remains to be decided is how long that delay will be.
According to Canarian newspaper DIARIO DE AVISOS, the options that the Council could propose are to delay the organization of galas and contests until the end of March, so that the Carnival takes place until mid-April, to avoid coinciding with the May bank holidays, or the other option would be to move the entire schedule until the end of June.
Although nothing has yet been officially discussed, it has transpired that a "re-scheduling" of the calendar will be proposed as opposed to complete cancellation, but whatever is decided, it will be in agreement with all concerned parties.
What does seem certain, and is what has already been announced for months, is that there will be no street Carnival again this year, whatever dates it is decided to celebrate it on.
The current level of alert and contagion that the sixth wave of Covid is causing, does not allow the City Council, or other institutions, to consider holding mass events such as Carnival on the dates initially planned.