Canary Islands: Las Palmas Carnival In Gran Canaria Island

Las Palmas Carnival

Las Palmas Carnival

The Carnival of Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria is one of the most important of the country and the world. In these days of celebration in the capital of the second island of the Canaries will celebrate various events, among which the Gala de la Reina de Elección Elección de Gala and the Drag Queen of the Carnaval. This event was introduced in 1998, and it was the capital Las Palmas, to be the first city in Spain to introduce this original mode oriented to the gay world. Participate actively in each of the events that are organized, a large number of street musicians (Murgas), both male and female, they do resonate batucada rhythms, so characteristic of the carnival canary.

The main scenario of the Carnival is located in the Parque Santa Catalina. The massive participation of citizens in both the events mentioned above, is also next to the Grand Parade (Gran Cabalgata), that the Mogollon and burial of the sardine (Sardina de la Burial) that closes the celebrations, in recent years have made an outstanding contribution the success of the carnival in this city. The Carnival of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria , it has Italian origins: in August 1521, a group Genoese helped to structure the “Carnival Primero” the embryo of the party with a clear Italian character.

Gala de la Reina and Gala Drag Queen
The race to read the Carnival Queen is one of the oldest in the Carnival, where she was elected a woman who gets the title of Queen of the Carnaval de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria , an honor he held until the next carnival. At this feast, let’s say more traditional, since 1988 has added the Gala Drag Queen, a musical show where the main event is a race Drag Queens, that is, men dressed in woman’s dress, in addition to performances by singers and other dance numbers.

The Big Carnival parades or simply Grand Cabalgata takes place on Saturday following the conclusion of the previous two big galas, and transforms the landscape of city streets through which the train runs for hours. The flow reaches the incredible value of more than 200,000 people with street musicians and bands that accompany the hundred and twenty wagons, richly decorated. In the district of Triana takes place instead of the Carnaval de los Indianos Palmeros.

The carnival would end in a traditional way, namely with Ash Wednesday and precisely with the Burial of the Sardine, the burial of the sardine, but in recent years, the festival is extended to Saturday, with the last event called the Mogollon Carnaval. The Burial of the Sardine is rather symbolic expression of what has happened, the past is buried. This symbol is intended to represent the vices and corruptions that are purified through fire to fix everything and bring back with more force, a new society and transformed. After a colorful procession, parade where all the figures previously awarded, the sardine is then placed in a barge pushed off, and burned amid a blaze of fireworks.

Originally posted 2012-07-21 22:25:22.

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