The Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival is the most popular holiday in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the most participative of all those celebrated in the Canaries. In 1980, it was distinguished of being declared officially ” Fiesta de Interés Turístico International, and since 1987, it appears in the book of Guinness Records with the largest audience participation, more than 200 thousand people, in a dance held in open place.
It is considered the second most popular and internationally known carnival.
The experts say that it was a holiday in which went against pre-established social norms and demands, becoming in the expression of freedom, joy and unbridled.
The Carnival survived the religious and monarchical attempts to eradicate the celebration during the Middle Ages, keeping it to this day. It was in the sixteenth century when it arrives to Tenerife from the hands of Spaniards and Portuguese.