The annual carnival – is a major event in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. Unlike conventional carnivals, lasting 3-5 days, this one goes on for 3 weeks until the Lent itself. The culmination of the carnival – Transvestites Day.
Preparations for the carnival last almost a year: Canarians learn songs and sew costumes, are performed report-election contests in dance, music, theater and other groups within the local district council.
Choosing the Queen – is the main event of the Carnival. Typically, a candidate for the title of the Queen is not enough to be in good shape, it is necessary to have a good sponsor, because such a title fitting clothes can weigh up to 70 – 80 pounds and cost up to 50 thousand euros. Usually dresses consist of peacock feathers, papier-mache, metal frames, sequins, sparkles, beads.
Output of each suit on a huge stage in the central park of Las Palmas de Santa Catalina – is a whole spectacle with lights, fireworks and various special effects.
However, the beautiful dress does not guarantee the title of the Queen. Contestant will also have to sing the song. But the efforts are paid off with a vengeance. The Queen is honored to show off the main platform during the carnival street procession the Gran Cavalgata.
The procession -is a giant multi-colored procession, composed of tens of thousands of masks and multiple bands, which for a few hours captures the main streets of the city, situated on the pavement showing the audience all its inventiveness, which passes into an unrestrained merriment.
Burial of the Sardine -is the most grotesque and vivid carnival spectacle. It heralds the end of festivities, the time of laxity and permissiveness, and the approach of The Lent. When flame devours Sardina – Las Palmas sobs. It mourns the death of the annual Carnival and the loss of Sardine, which symbolizes the spirit of freedom and tolerance. The sardine funeral draws a line between chaotic madness of Carnival and The Lent restraint, determines the return to the normal order of things … till next year.