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The “gods of Olympus” arrive at the International Carnival of Puerto de la Cruz 

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Puerto de la Cruz is expecting its 2018 international Carnival to be the best ever.

The theme of the extensive programme is this year dedicated to Greek mythology.

The fun has already started but there is still much to come up until February 18th. Details were presented by the Mayor, Lope Afonso, who was accompanied by fiesta councillor, Ruymán García, festival directors, Sergio López and Itahisa García, of the company Amarca, and the poster designer, Jonas Emanuel.

The Mayor said the Carnival was of huge international significance with a long history but the aim of the governing group had always been to relaunch and improve the winter event.

“I think this will be a Carnival that puts a turning point in the trajectory of recent years,” he said.

Ruymán García underlined the work that the different groups of the Carnival are carrying out with “involvement and affection” that makes it possible to celebrate this “new Carnival and very exciting.”

The adult Carnival Queen will be chosen on the evening of February 8th at 9pm whilst there will be a new event on February 12th. This is a televis-ed gala where contestants will be asked to mimic their favourite character. There will be three winners.

One of the highlights will be the man’s high-heeled race which will see the longest obstacle route yet at 34 metres, the whole width of the Plaza de Europa. This will be on Friday, February 16th at 8pm. This will be the 24th edition where debauchery, irony and self-confidence come together again in such a crazy test.

Last year more than 30,000 people attended the race which had 445 runners.

The traditional sardine ceremony will be on Wed-nesday, February 14th, from 12.30pm. On Thursday 15th, at 8pm., there will be a reception for representatives of the German Carnival of Düssel-dorf, Duisburg, Mönchen-gladbach, Vechta, Eschborn and, for the first time, the representation of the city of Bonn.

At the end of the race at 11.30pm in calle Perdomo, there will be the Great Dance with Edwin Rivera, Salva-pantallas, the group La Vieja Escuela, Vamos and Liamos plus much more.

On Saturday February 17th, the tourist city will say ‘goodbye’ to the Carnival with the Gran Coso Apoteosis which this year will start at 6pm.

Puerto de la Cruz prides itself on being one of the safest carnivals in the Canaries. To continue this, a special device has been established, where both the National and Local Police and Civil Protection will ensure that all events proceed normally.

The programme of Carnival events will be available on the website of the city council (www.puertodelacruz.es) and on the official profiles of the Facebook and Twitter net-works.