Gran Canaria Carnival is one of those festivities in the world that you can’t miss. The reason? What do you think about experiencing a wide range of events in the middle of winter while enjoying an outstanding weather all year round?
As you can guess, this island located in the Atlantic Ocean just 100 kilometres off the northwestern African coast and a couple hours flight away from the European continent attracts countless of visitors each year looking for the almighty Sun.
After Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebration, there is still room for THE celebration: Carnival. Carnival in Gran Canaria typically involves public celebrations, including events such as parades, public street parties and other entertainments.
Common features of Carnival include mock battles, expressions of social satire, mockery of authorities, costumes of the grotesque body that display exaggerated features, abusive language or a general reversal of everyday rules and norms… So, don’t be shocked!
Elaborate costumes and masks allow people to set aside their everyday individuality and experience a heightened sense of social unity. Gran Canaria has many places where carnival is celebrated, being those of Las Palmas and Maspalomas the most famous.
Almost every town in Gran Canaria celebrates Carnival. Thus, if you’re coming to the island to enjoy this spectacular celebration you should choose carefully where to go in order to not miss the best events. Keep reading this Villa Gran Canaria’s blog article to get to know more.
Two places stands above all: Las Palmas and Maspalomas. These are the festivities that attract most visitors every February and, as you can imagine, both are very different from each other. You’ll discover more about them below.
The Carnival of Las Palmas 2020 will be celebrated from February 7 to March 1 in the capital city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It has been celebrated since 1574 when a mask and costume ball was organised and was declared a Fiesta of National Tourist Interest back in 2017 by the Spanish Government.
The city is home to one of the best urban beaches in the World, Las Canteras, so the idea of combining both Carnival and beach is a dream come true and can give you an idea of the importance of this celebration.
Of course, the Las Palmas Carnival has many events held and, as some of them are celebrated simultaneously in various parts of the city, it’s vital to pay attention to the official programme of this Gran Canaria Carnival to fully enjoy it.
Don’t miss the Murgas and Comparsas contests, the Mogollones night parties, the Canine Carnival and Body Painting shows, the Carnival Queen and Drag Queen galas, the Cabalgata parade and the Burial of the Sardine. The theme of the Carnival of Las Palmas 2020 will be ‘Once upon a time…’.
The municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana celebrates the famous Carnival of Maspalomas 2020 from March 5 to March 15 in southern Gran Canaria. Its theme will be ‘Musicals’, so the magic of Broadway will move to Maspalomas to represent the music, dance and colours of the great musicals of history.
Being one of the most touristic spots no only in Gran Canaria, but also in the Canary Islands and Spain itself, Maspalomas attracts thousands of international visitors that enjoy this celebration in joy and harmony along with the locals. Check the official programme for more information.
Among the many events celebrated during the Maspalomas Carnival that can be highlighted are the Mogollones night parties, the Drag Queen (the top event, as Maspalomas is a world famous place for the LGTBI community) and Carnival Queen galas, the Cabalgata parade, the Burial of the Sardine…
As stated before, the island is well known as a great place for partying, so during the Carnival season, Gran Canaria is full of colour, energy and music. Everyone is invited to join the festivities and enjoy the free spirit of the island!
Not for nothing, the Carnival of Gran Canaria is one of the most important in the world. Hundreds of thousands of people gather every year from all over the world to celebrate it. The strategic location of the island between three continents can be noticed throughout Gran Canaria.
Although the main events will take place Las Palmas and Maspalomas, several places like Mogán, Gáldar, Agüimes, Telde, Vecindario or La Aldea also organise their own carnival. So, if you’re on Gran Canaria during Carnival time, participating in these events is truly recommended.
Carnival in Gran Canaria is an explosion of fun, music and colour. All over the island parades, dance troupes and outdoor parties fill the air with the joyous atmosphere of a carnival with a long history.
What really makes Gran Canaria Carnival celebrations stand out is the pleasant temperature of this winter tradition. Choose any costume you want and don’t worry about the cold because the warm nights mean you’ll be able to wear it!